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ERIC Number: ED503688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
Strengthening Pre-collegiate Education in Community Colleges: Project Summary and Recommendations
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
This document is intended for leaders and decision makers who work with community colleges at the classroom, college, and system level. Readers will find an overview of the purpose, activities, findings, and recommendations from a three-year project involving 11 California community colleges, undertaken as a partnership between The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The goal of Strengthening Pre-collegiate Education in Community Colleges (SPECC) has been to foster a culture in which educators work together, informed by evidence, to strengthen student learning. Five major recommendations are presented at faculty, school and system levels: (1) The success of underprepared students must be an institution-wide, core responsibility; (2) Professional development should be reinvented as an intellectually engaging, integral element of the work of an educational institution; (3) Institutional research must be expanded to focus more directly on core issues of teaching and learning; (4) Community colleges should lead the way in developing richer, more revealing measures of student learning; and (5) Ongoing larger-scale improvement requires a wider network and infrastructure through which promising developments on individual colleges can be made visible, shared, and built upon.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 51 Vista Lane, Stanford, CA 94305. Tel: 650-566-5102; Fax: 650-326-0278; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Identifiers - Location: California