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Report roundup

Here are three reports you should know about this month. The greatest challenges facing e-learning administrators are addressing accessibility and universal design, and the support staff needed for training and technical assistance. This is according to the survey results published in the Instructional Technology Council’s (ITC) Annual National eLearning Report. The survey results also show […]

Early challenges, successes, on guided pathways

Leaders of several community colleges involved in pathways — including institutions new to the effort, as well as those that have already laid the ground with similar efforts over the past decade — shared their experiences during a session on pathways at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) annual convention. “The work of pathways reform is […]

20 colleges join California Guided Pathways Project

Twenty community colleges will participate in the California Guided Pathways Project, an effort to increase college completion that is modeled after the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Pathways Project. The colleges, selected through a competitive application process, will design and implement structured academic and career pathways for all incoming students by 2019. Guided Pathways […]

Report roundup

Here are three reports you should know about this month. 1.    About two in three community college students are food insecure, according to a Wisconsin HOPE Lab study. That’s up significantly from findings in the organization’s 2015 study. More than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states were surveyed for this latest study, […]

Report roundup

Here are three reports you should know about this month. The number of students earning their first undergraduate degree — both associate and bachelor’s degrees — in 2015-16 declined by 1.4 percent from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The number of first-time graduates ages 25 […]

Getting students back in the door

Attracting students who have the capability to complete a degree or certificate has never been an issue at Pueblo Community College (PCC); however, retaining students who face a plethora of social cognitive hurdles – 60 percent of whom are first-generation college students – is a challenge. In addition, PCC has come to realize that when […]

Report roundup

Here are three reports you should know about this month. The role of technology in designing a student-centered approach to higher education is explored in the National Higher Education Technology Plan, released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. The report includes recommendations on how institutions can engage and empower learning through […]

Colleges help nursing students attain BSNs

As hospitals increasingly prefer nurses with bachelor’s degrees, community colleges are developing innovative ways to ensure nursing students have an opportunity to continue their education. Some have agreements with universities for dual enrollment, for example, while others have formed partnerships allowing for a seamless transition to university-level programs with shared faculty and curriculums or plan […]

Turning the dial on developmental ed

Many of us have been working on developmental education reform for years with frustrating results, achieving incremental improvements, but not truly “turning the dial” in significant ways—until recently. Improving developmental outcomes remains one of the most pressing issues facing community colleges, particularly in mathematics. Put simply, we will never improve retention and graduation rates without […]

Smooth pathways require faculty leadership

As community colleges work on developing guided career pathways – to help students stay on track with fewer wasted credits – they’re finding faculty buy-in is crucial. Because pathways call for streamlined curricula that might lead to the elimination of some courses, however, college leaders can overcome faculty resistance by bringing faculty into the decision-making […]