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2016 July 27 - 04:39 pm

Arkansas Initiative Shows Results in Aiding Needy Students

But something remarkable is happening in Arkansas. A new study reports an astonishing 62 percent among a cohort of lowincome, under-prepared students, who qualified for public welfare assistance when enrolled in college in 2008, have since graduated...
2016 July 27 - 04:33 pm
Is there any educator, parent, legislator, pastor, entertainer, farmer, housekeeper or industrialist who will disagree with the statement “We want an education that will help our students make a good living and live a good life”? No one really disagrees with the common sense captured in this statement.
2016 July 20 - 04:27 pm

College-Produced Film Documents Students’ Academic Journeys

Her impromptu promise elicited a round of applause from the group of community college faculty members watching the film at the 38th Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence staged by NISOD, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and held in Austin, Texas.
2016 May 29 - 06:23 pm

Opportunities Abound if Policy Addresses Demographic and Educational Change

For the last three years, I have had the opportunity to work with a committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Academy of Engineering (NAE) that focused on the barriers students face as they pursue degrees and credentials in the STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
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.

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