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2013 May 13 - 12:00 am
We’ve all heard the statistics — the cost of textbooks is one of the top reasons why community college students don’t persist. Community colleges across the country are leveraging the power of Open Educational Resources, or OER, to lower the cost of attending college and to support student access.
2013 April 15 - 12:00 am
While attending the League for Innovations 2013 conference in Dallas, I was chatting with a colleague about collaborative and active learning and the new language of flipped classrooms (i.e., technology-delivered content outside of class time to maximize student engagement with the material, faculty and other students during face-to-face sessions).
2013 February 18 - 12:00 am
Look at the data or, if you are more anecdotal in nature, look at the number of grey-headed attendees at an annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Either way, you realize there is going to be shortage of community college leaders in the next decade. Study after study has documented this coming reality.
2012 November 26 - 12:00 am
Three powerful headwinds are pushing back at community college leaders: the all-too-familiar “do more with less” arctic blast; the “It all comes down to completion and numbers” storm; and the business and industry jet stream: “Completers must demonstrate a set of skills, knowledge and discipline that will enable them to perform effectively in an increasingly changing and sophisticated workplace.”
2012 September 3 - 12:00 am
A college education is an expensive venture. Students can face a $50,000 annual bill at an elite college or something more reasonable, like about $3,000 a year at a community college. But reasonable is a relative term. The working single mother with several children may find each and every dollar to be extremely precious. The young adult working in an entry-level job while supporting himself finds even the most inexpensive educational experience a financial struggle. Many families simply see higher education as financially out of reach.
2012 August 20 - 12:00 am
As we focus our attention on student success and completion around the nation, and search for proven best practices to increase graduation rates, it has become clear that we are in need of systemic, revolutionary, change. We must adapt from segmented organizations which are reactive and embrace our identity as living systems and become proactive about helping students achieve their goals.

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