Completion Articles

A Pathway to Success for At-Risk Students

Since 2005, the Pathway to the Baccalaureate program has helped at-risk students in Northern Virginia through their last year or two of high school, to an associate’s degree from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), and then on to a baccalaureate program at George Mason University or other four-year institution. Students in the program benefit from […]

This Corporate–Academic Partnership Continues to Deliver

UPS has an offer for Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) students who need to work part time while attending school. Through the Chicagoland Regional College Program (CRCP), MVCC students can earn a part-time paycheck at UPS and have the cost of their tuition, fees and books covered. Students also receive a $300–$500 monthly stipend and […]

Removing Barriers for Student-Parents

According to recent data from the Education Advisory Board, 33 percent of community college students today care for dependents at least one hour a week. “And we know it’s much more than [one hour],” says Michael Baston, vice president of student affairs at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, New York. “That’s one of […]

Are 7-Week Terms Key to Student Success?

When a statewide mandate forced Trident Technical College (TCC) to change from quarters to semesters in the early 1990s, student grades began dropping almost immediately. They continued to decline incrementally for the next 15 or 20 years, but the college was growing, so it was easy to ignore the fact that students were not succeeding. […]

Project Graduation Moves the Needle on Completion

In 2013, with a graduation rate of 16.5 percent, Bergen Community College ranked 11th out of 19 community colleges in New Jersey, in terms of completion success. “Institutionally, the perception was that Bergen was the ‘Harvard of Community Colleges’; however, the data told a different story,” says Naydeen Gonzalez-De Jesus, vice president of student affairs. […]

Personal Connections Help First-Gen Students

A national survey by Royall & Company, a division of the Education Advisory Board, found that of more than 8,500 college-bound students, more than half of minority, first-generation and low-income students found personal letters and text messages helpful when choosing a college, compared with other college-bound high school students. It’s no surprise, then, that an […]

4 Lessons from a College’s Completion Efforts

By making the instruction in its most popular courses more active and relevant, Wallace Community College (WCC), in Alabama, has boosted completion rates and closed achievement gaps among at-risk students. Now, leaders aim to build on this success with a campuswide completion initiative called “Getting the Tassel.” Dean of Instructional Affairs Tony Holland says the […]

Aspen Prize Nominee: Miles Community College

The Aspen Institute recently announced 150 community colleges eligible for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The prize recognizes community colleges that have achieved strong student outcomes in four primary areas: certificate and degree completion, student learning, employment and earnings, and success for minority and low-income students. While each eligible institution has proved […]

Can You Change Student Mindset and Achievement?

When Georgia Lorenz first heard about Stanford’s PERTS Lab a few years ago, she was intrigued. PERTS stands for the Project for Education Research That Scales, and Santa Monica College (SMC), in California, was looking for ways to increase student achievement. “PERTS offers quick, online programs that are research-based and designed to help students succeed, […]

Student Success Centers Gain Traction

Jobs for the Future (JFF) recently announced a commitment by The Kresge Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to invest $2.5 million to create five new Student Success Centers in Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington state. Seven such centers already exist in other states; the latest additions support the notion […]