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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.
2012 May 27 - 12:00 am
We’ve all been hearing about the importance of education in America. You may have heard that the United States is failing on the global education front. You may have also heard that many students who start a college education don’t finish. What you may not know is everything that San Jacinto College is doing to change these statements in our corner of the world.
2012 April 16 - 12:00 am
Even in the midst of high unemployment, employers are having difficulty filling middle-skill positions, those that require an associate degree, postsecondary certificate or vocational credential. And the high demand for middle-skill workers is expected to continue.
2012 March 5 - 12:00 am
Many professionals in the community college sector are talking about a new normal. It is a realization that the model that has prevailed for over fifty years – providing prosperity to generations of middle class Americans along the way – will struggle to sustain itself in its current format given the emerging social and economic realities.
2012 January 23 - 12:00 am
David (not a real student) wants to go into teaching. He decides he is going to attend a community college to ease into the college climate because he has been out of school for many years. He contacts his local community college and makes an appointment with an advisor. As he sits down with his advisor, he is asked what four-year university he wants to attend. David has no idea at this point. His advisor tells him he needs to know where he wants to transfer because his program and courses will be based on the four-year institution he wants to attend. David asks about his choices.

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