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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 […]

OER opens access

Beginning this fall, students who take the MATH 021 Introductory Algebra course at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey will no longer have to buy a traditional textbook. Instead, thanks to a new college-wide Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative, students will be able to download and print a free copy of the college’s new MATH […]

Pathway to a bachelor’s degree

About 41 percent of community college associate-degree completers go on to earn a bachelor’s degree. That’s according to a new Snapshot Report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report looks at the 2010-11 academic year, during which 575,067 associate degrees were earned by students with no previous degrees or certificates. “Within the next […]

Year-round Pell opens opportunities for students

Getting Congress to approve the use of Pell grants for programs outside the traditional academic calendar was a top legislative priority of the American Association of Community Colleges and was highlighted in AACC’s successful #PellYes campaign on social media. Year-round Pell was available in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years, until budget constraints prompted lawmakers […]

Reaching for the stars

California has started a new program to recognize career education programs at the state’s community colleges. Strong Workforce Stars celebrates programs in which students show significant gains in factors important for advancing social mobility – earnings increase, attainment of a living wage and a job closely matched with the field of study. More than 100 […]

Accounting for everyone

In business, accountability is key. Companies are accountable to their boards, shareholders, and customers. They’re accountable to their mission. It’s no different in higher education, and for public institutions, accountability extends to their funders, including state and federal governments. Since their beginning more than a century ago, community colleges were known for being open-access institutions. […]

Connecting to STEM

Since 2014, MassBay Community College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Mentor Program has been connecting STEM students and regional employers for one-on-one mentoring relationships. The program provides substantive, skills-based programs and networking opportunities that benefit both mentors and mentees. The STEM Mentor Program includes meetings between mentors and mentees, as well as group activities, […]

Accelerating opportunity for low-skilled students

The Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative is designed to transform how states work with their adult education programs and community colleges to provide training for underprepared adult learners. AO career pathway programs enable more low-income adults to complete postsecondary credentials for in-demand jobs by giving them an opportunity to enroll in career and technical education courses […]