Last year, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) joined five other community college organizations in signing a commitment to boost student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade.
I remember attending East Los Angeles Community College (ELAC) back in the fall of 1982. Ronald Reagan was president, interest rates were 19 percent, unemployment was hovering around 10 percent and California’s governor was Jerry Brown.
There has been no shortage of finger-pointing about who is to blame for the horrifying shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz., that left six people dead and another 13 wounded, including the gravely injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The 1960s and early 1970s established public college campuses as areas in which Americans exercised free speech rights with unprecedented vigor. The results included highly visible clashes between students, protesters, and academic administration; police intervention; and even violence.
It is fitting that President Obama visited Elkhart, Ind., to promote his economic stimulus plan, for that city typifies the heartland’s economic dislocation, as well as being a place where people are embracing new solutions.