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Promise programs yield some promising results

University and think-tank researchers on Oct. 26 presented at the annual PromiseNet conference in Washington, D.C., findings on several locally based Promise programs. About 85 of the more than 150 Promise programs across the country are locally based, compared to being state or institution based. The researchers shared findings on outcomes related to pre-K-12, postsecondary […]

Using team teaching to accelerate opportunity

Lake Land Community College in Illinois is finding success with a new approach to teaching. Nursing instructors are working with adult education instructors to better support students. While the nursing instructor helps students with the science and terminology, the adult ed instructor helps students gain study skills and answers general questions. This team teaching approach […]

Better advising leads to improved student success

Restructured student advising functions – along with more attention to students’ personal needs and career decisionmaking – can pay off in improved student success, several community colleges are finding. At the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), a restructured advising system is a key part of its efforts to improve graduation rates and year-to-year retention. After […]

Crossing the finish line

Promise programs at community colleges—programs that allow students to attend tuition-free—are helping more students get in the door. The number of these programs is growing. But what about supports to help students stay in college and make it to graduation? Tennessee, which famously launched the Tennessee Promise program, is now piloting the Tennessee Promise Forward […]

Calif. college refocuses on access, completion

Cerritos College welcomed 600 new high school graduates into its Cerritos Complete program that begins this fall semester. Cerritos Complete is the college’s new student success initiative that focuses on students’ pledge to “earn” and complete their degrees or certificates on time. In exchange, Cerritos will provide up to 800 students from local high schools […]

Report roundup

Here are three reports that you should know about this month. Two-Year Enrollment after Bachelor’s Degree, a new National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report, reveals that the percentage of students enrolling in community colleges or other two-year institutions after earning bachelor’s degrees is at its lowest point in 14 years. For students who earned a […]

Institutional improvement and accountability

For years, community colleges have had to rely on student progress and outcomes measures that were not responsive to the way the colleges operate.  Community colleges are increasingly using data to drive institutional improvement.  At the same time, leaders of community colleges are increasingly called upon to use data to better tell the story of […]

Report roundup

Summer may be here, but things don’t seem to have slowed down, as evidenced by the amount of reports released recently. Here are three that you should know about. America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots, from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, reveals that those with at least some college education have captured […]

Transfer Degree Raising Completion Rates

On June 3, College of the Canyons (COC), in northern Los Angeles County, awarded diplomas to 1,766 students — a 21 percent increase over the class of 2015. That significant increase is mainly due to the new Associate Degree for Transfer program says Audrey Green, COC’s associate vice president of academic affairs. California community college […]

How to Combine Adult Education and CTE Instruction

Providing career pathways for adults with low basic skills is one of the more challenging and critical services community colleges provide. The Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative, led by national nonprofit Jobs for the Future, sought to transform how states worked with underprepared adult learners so that they could earn postsecondary credentials that led to family-supporting […]