Completion Articles

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 […]

High-Tech Student Success

In the late 1970s or early 1980s, Celeste Schwartz had a sign outside her door at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) that read “Students Come First.” The world of campus technology has changed dramatically since then, but the chief digital officer and vice president for information technology at the Pennsylvania community college still lives by […]

College Teaches Financial Literacy

Back in 2009, Ilia Cordero was worried. “Our default rate was very high, and many students didn’t have a basic understanding about their finances,” says the assistant director of financial aid services at Florida’s Valencia College. “They weren’t given information about how to spend the money they were given from their federal grants for their […]

Forging a Strong Transfer Partnership

Colorado’s Front Range Community College (FRCC) was recently featured in a report about successful transfer-student partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions. The Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two- and Four-Year Colleges is the result of a study by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers […]