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2016 March 15 - 11:16 am

Three Ways to Improve Outcomes for Community College Students

The “free community college” movement is gaining steam at both the state and the federal level. Led by Tennessee, several states have already enrolled thousands of students in no-tuition community college programs, and President Barack Obama has pushed for free tuition throughout 2015.
2016 February 29 - 10:39 am

Advising Program Must Be In Place for Every Student at Every College

There is a growing assertiveness in the language used to address the challenges we are facing in community colleges, particularly the challenges we face in trying to meet the goals of the Completion Agenda: “mandatory” placement, “disruptive”...
2016 February 16 - 01:47 pm

Reduced Costs, Improve Supply Among Potential Benefits

Across the country we hear a call for a more diversified teacher workforce that is highly qualified and appropriately certified. Along with these minimum expectations we also aspire to train classroom teachers who bring real-world application to students, to impact learner growth and to prepare the next generation of great leaders.
2015 December 29 - 10:01 pm

New Initiatives Extend to Higher Education Community

Over the last decade, community colleges have captured the attention of the nation. Arguably, they are best positioned to address a learning continuum that many considered flawed, if not broken, excluding or failing far too many students and leaving the nation at a competitive disadvantage.
2015 November 4 - 02:50 pm

More Stringent Standards Present Opportunity for Colleges

Recently the Higher Learning Commission announced new, more stringent, faculty qualifications to teach in higher education. Community colleges are faced with the monumental task of reviewing their faculty ranks to comply with the new standards. Many faculty, both residential and adjunct, will no longer qualify to teach.
2015 October 8 - 05:38 pm

Innovation and Heavy Lifting Must Continue as 2020 Deadline Nears

Ten years. That was the time limit community college were given to produce 50 percent more students with degrees and certificates, while simultaneously increasing access and quality.
2015 September 27 - 12:19 am

Structural Change Imperative before Investing Billions in Free College

In January 2015, President Obama launched America’s College Promise, calling for a national tuition-free community college system that would cost $60 billion in federal funds and $20 billion in state funds over a 10-year period.
2015 August 24 - 08:51 pm

Incident on Broadway Is an Opportunity for Civic Engagement

If, by now, you have not heard about Patti LuPone’s recent incident with a texting audience member during her performance in Douglas Carter Beane’s “Shows for Days” at Lincoln Center in New York City (see Hold the Phone, It’s Patti LuPone, NY Times, July 9, 2015 by Erik Piepenburg) you certainly will.
2015 August 24 - 08:51 pm

NAU Pledges To Help Meet Need for New Generation of Leaders

The contemporary community college has been evolving for more than 100 years and has become one of the key institutions in the nation, supporting economic and social development with an emphasis on the underprepared, the underserved, and the disenfranchised.
2015 July 28 - 11:25 pm

Cuyahoga Community College Ties Student Success to Faculty Training Activities

Professional development is important to furthering the mission of student success in community colleges, and this is the case at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). A large, comprehensive community college, Tri-C serves 52,000 students a year at four campuses and several other locations in and around Cleveland, Ohio.
2015 June 26 - 04:55 pm

Wallace Community College Sees Gains in Achievement

At Wallace Community College in Dothan, Ala. faculty have addressed the issue of student success and closing the student achievement gap by addressing the instructional effectiveness gap at an institution with a fall enrollment of about 5,000, and where the majority of incoming students are low-income, firstgeneration college students.
2015 June 9 - 05:07 am

CBE Programs Promote Productive Business Partnerships

According to the National Skills Coalition, the most prevalent skills gaps in the U.S. are in jobs that require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree. Among U.S. higher education institutions, community colleges have a strong history in preparing students for regional job markets.
2015 May 27 - 11:56 am

Community Colleges and Global Education

America today is largely a country of immigrants. Approximately 25 percent of our people identify themselves as being something other than “white,” and nearly 12 percent are foreign born. Yet many of our citizens are insular, unaware of world geography, unable to communicate in languages other than English, and insensitive to cultural differences.
2015 May 13 - 02:44 pm

The Success Rates are Worse for Low-Income and Minority Students.

The academic achievement of lowincome and minority students in community colleges remains in the forefront of ongoing debates about student success and college completion rates. There are alarming disparities between the success of minority students and other learners at community colleges.

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