Endorsing OER

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) faculty have been working with the college’s library to transition course materials from expensive, tightly-licensed, traditional textbooks into open educational resources (OER), which are freely accessible documents and media. The effort at BMCC is the largest and most consistent OER program throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) […]

Opinion: Keeping the trust in PR

I’m not sure about you, but I have received a lot of questions about the practice of public relations lately. Specifically, I have been asked how I would handle having to lie to the media. Of course, I answered quickly and heartily that I would not lie to the media or to the public and I […]

A Success Story: Closing the Skills Gap in America

The 21st-century labor market pivots more quickly than we could have imagined even 25 years ago. Changes in technology create new fields seemingly overnight. As the president of Montgomery College (MC), in Maryland, I have watched these dynamics for five years and have seen our curricula change with astonishing speed. This agility, it turns out, […]

The Keys to Boost Completion

Improving community college completion rates is not just a matter of opening the doors to greater access, though access is fundamentally important. Reaching that goal will also require partnering with our students to help them see what they can achieve if they take advantage of that access. An effective strategy for boosting completion must have […]

Focusing on the Final 10 Percent

This excerpted piece, by Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, can be accessed in full at Community College Daily, where it originally appeared. As a nation, we are entering the final stretch of the 2020 college completion challenge announced by President Obama in his first joint address to Congress […]

Improve Advising to Help Students Reach Completion

“By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world, and community colleges will produce an additional 5 million graduates.”—President Barack Obama, Building American Skills Through Community Colleges, March 2010 Since President Obama outlined the challenge above, community colleges across the country, as well as the American Association of […]

Leading the Change in Higher Ed

The higher-education landscape is changing, and our community colleges need to do more than adapt — we need to lead. Regulators and subsidizers are pushing to make us more efficient, graduating more people in less time, but we’re doing the same things we always have. That model is not sustainable and will ultimately lead to […]

The Power of Open Educational Resources

As the cost of higher education continues to increase, community colleges are striving to improve affordability for students across the country. When it comes to college costs, people often think of tuition or room and board — but one factor not often discussed is the rising cost of textbooks. Currently, the standard cost of textbooks […]

Youth Apprenticeship Works

Editor’s Note: This commentary originally appeared in Community College Daily. With industrial stalwarts like KOHLER Co., Manitowoc Co., Sargento Foods, Vollrath Co., Johnsonville Sausage, Bemis, Rockline Industries, Lakeside Foods — just to name a few — all located in a 40 mile radius in eastern Wisconsin, solving the national manufacturing skills gap has a decidedly […]

Investing In Students Who Need It Most

Over the past few years, as foundations and the government have placed more emphasis on student success, community colleges have been pushed to invigorate their focus on enrollment and completion rates. This is a positive thing. However, because of the steady depletion of state and federal funds, this focus on rates has been paired with […]