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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 […]

Pathways Project becomes a movement

It’s hard to believe that the AACC Pathways Project has been underway for just over a year now. It has been a sprint for the colleges, partners, coaches and AACC staff.  Last year at this time, we were diligently putting the finishing touches on the curriculum for Pathways Institute #1 – Leadership for Transformational Change: […]

VFA will become an AACC-member benefit

In early 2017, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will launch a two-tier Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) participation model designed to provide all its member colleges with a robust set of metrics and easy-to-use data tool. Tier 1 will be a complimentary membership benefit. That means there will be no additional fee to […]

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 […]