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A bridge to employment

Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash., is part of a statewide effort to connect prisoners with education and career training upon their release. These efforts begin while inmates are still on the inside. As a reentry navigator, Hansen describes his role as a “bridge” to employment opportunities for inmates who are about to be released. […]

Early pathways, future success

This fall, a goal is being achieved and a new one begins. After several years of dedication and hard work, Ruth “Navil” Izaguire is attending graduate school at St. Thomas University in Houston to earn her MBA in healthcare administration. Graduating in 2008 from the Challenge Early College High School at Houston Community College (HCC) […]

Transfer students valued, but…

College admissions offices at four-year institutions value transfer students when it comes to meeting recruitment and enrollment goals. That’s according to the 2017 State of College Admission, an annual report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Of the respondents to NACAC’s Admission Trends Survey, more than two-thirds indicated that transfer students are […]

Ky. colleges confer record credentials

Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred a record 70,146 degrees and credentials during the 2016-17 year, up 6.6 percent from the previous year and a 34.8 percent gain from 10 years ago. “It is exciting to see the quantity of high-quality degrees and certificates conferred by Kentucky colleges and universities in 2016-17. Campuses […]

Report roundup

Here are the reports you should know about this month. A new brief  from the American Association of Community Colleges shows that measuring enrollment based on “full-time equivalent” (FTE) students doesn’t project an accurate picture of community colleges and their students. Two half-time students may equal one FTE, but they both need separate services and […]

New opportunities for service members

Service members in Kansas now have a new opportunity to earn college credits. Salina Area Technical College (SATC) and the Kansas National Guard have partnered on the new Synchronous Training and Academic Credit Program. The program provides opportunities for soldiers to earn college credit toward an associate of applied science degree in technical studies while […]

The proof is in the numbers

If you’re wondering if the Tennessee Promise works, the proof is in the numbers. At Cleveland State Community College, students who have received the scholarship are outperforming students who didn’t, both in terms of retention and graduation rates, according to college officials. In fall 2015, there were 466 Tennessee Promise students. The retention rates were […]

Report roundup

Here are the reports you should know about this month. Several reports came out recently about transfer. A U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finds that community college students lose a substantial amount of credits when transferring to a four- or two-year institution. Overall, transfer students among all postsecondary institutions lost an estimated average of […]

Lessons from a Voluntary Framework of Accountability journey

For years, Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) observed, noted and raised concerns regarding the mismatch between the community college mission to impact a diverse range of students and communities, and the ill-fitting standards used to measure college efficacy. Under the existing traditional measures, the community college story is at best incomplete, and at worst […]

Partnering for affordable higher ed

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas Pulaski Tech have announced the Metro 2+2 Degree program. Students who participate in the program will be able to attend Pulaski Tech for two years and obtain an associate degree. They would then transfer to the Little Rock campus and get a bachelor’s […]