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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 […]

Community College CIO Talks Tech

In years past, Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, has made it onto the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) Top 10 Tech-Savvy Community Colleges list for 2015-16. But this is the first time the college has placed first among the midsized colleges (5,000-10,000) in CDE’s annual Digital Community […]

Completion Campaign Going Strong

Last June, the 21st-Century Center covered the first year of Earn More Than a Degree, San Diego Community College District’s marketing campaign to encourage students to earn an associate degree before transferring to a four-year institution. One year later, the system’s three colleges awarded record numbers of associate degrees. Here are some of the factors […]

How to Help Latino Students Thrive

El Paso Community College (EPCC) in Texas currently holds the top spot when it comes to producing Latino associate degree holders, according to the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine. Over five campuses, EPCC serves more than 35,000 students, 85 percent of whom are Latino. “You’ve got to have high expectations for the student that […]

Using Technology to Boost Student Retention

Angela Heaton, chair of the physical therapist assistant program at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio, received this year’s AACC Award of Excellence for Faculty Innovation. Heaton won the award for her work using iPads to help her students stay on track and graduate with a physical therapy assistant degree. The idea to introduce tablets […]

Data Matters: College Attainment

The Lumina Foundation recently released A Stronger Nation, its annual tracking of the nation’s progress toward meeting Goal 2025, the foundation’s aspiration that 60 percent of Americans will hold a degree, certificate or other high-quality postsecondary credential by 2025. This year, for the first time, Lumina has included the percentage of Americans who earned high-quality […]

Arkansas Program Helps Low-Income Parents Earn Degrees

Since the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) started, in 2006, more than 30,000 low-income parents in Arkansas have received personalized assistance in attaining associate degrees and technical certificates. Data show that this support has significantly increased educational outcomes. The program is administered through the state’s higher education department and is funded through the federal welfare program. […]

Community College Shines in National Competition

McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, placed seventh in the fourth annual Up to Us competition, which challenged college students to educate their peers about the national debt and how their generation can make a difference in the country’s future. McLennan was the only two-year college to make it into the top 10 in this […]

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 […]