Report roundup

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

A monthly roundup of reports of interest to the community college sector.

Here are three reports you should know about this month.

1.    About two in three community college students are food insecure, according to a Wisconsin HOPE Lab study. That’s up significantly from findings in the organization’s 2015 study. More than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states were surveyed for this latest study, which also considers the basic needs security of former foster youth. Twenty-nine percent of former foster youth surveyed were homeless. The conclusion: “Investments in food and housing assistance programs to help community college students complete degrees” must become a priority.

2.    Sixteen percent of students who started at two-year colleges received a degree from a four-year institution within six years — regardless whether they first earned an associate degree. This is according to a National Student Clearinghouse report, which follows a cohort of students who started college in fall 2010. Another finding: Many two-year college students finish elsewhere than at the college they started. A third of students began at a public two-year college and completed at an institution other than the one where they first enrolled.

3.    A report from the Community College Research Center at Teachers College at Columbia University focuses on using computer-mediated delivery of remedial math. In Tennessee, this type of reform was offered to both high school and community college students to help them accelerate through developmental math courses and become college-ready. While computer-mediated learning showed positive results “the degree to which an institution seeks to manage student academic behaviors likely has a substantial impact on student performance” as well, says the report’s author. In the high school, students had more structures in place. For students taking the courses at the two-year colleges, self-regulation was encouraged.

AACC 21st Century Center Staff

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