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Premise and Promise Designing New Academic Pathways Reimagining the Student Experience

By Kay McClenney, Donna Dare, and Susan Thomason

This three-part series first appeared as separate articles in successive issues of Community College Journal. Together, the articles describe a new model for academic pathways, key design principles, examples from colleges leading the way, and implementation challenges. The series is reprinted with permission from the American Association of Community Colleges. Click on the image to view the three-part series.


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Research and Project Briefs

Community College Contributions

Transfer: An Indispensable Part of the Community College Mission

Community College Contributions

January 2013

Transfer: An Indispensable Part of the Community College MissionOctober 2012 It’s a Matter of Time: Low-Income Students and Community CollegesApril 2012

Additional Project Briefs can be found on the Research and Project Briefs page of the AACC website.


Federal Student Financial Aid Helps Community College Students Pay for Their Education (April 2014) This report examines the latest data from the 2011-2012 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12) of the U.S. Department of Education to show the characteristics of community college students, the price of their education, the various sources of financial aid, of which federal financial aid is paramount, to pay for their education, and information about loan defaults.

Recent National Community College Enrollment and Award Completion Data (January 2014) This report examines the trends behind the decrease in national community college enrollments using the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC).

Additional reports can be found on the Reports and White Papers page of the AACC website.