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ERIC Number: ED513824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Divided We Fail: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California's Community Colleges
Moore, Colleen; Shulock, Nancy
Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy
State actions to increase college completion are growing, with 23 states (though not California) signed on to Complete College America, and other foundation-led initiatives involving still more states and college systems. These initiatives are helping states use data to understand how students, and which students, make, or fail to make, progress toward completion and to apply that knowledge by changing institutional practices. These efforts have identified policy change as a key element in the completion agenda. Policy that is well aligned with completion goals can enhance college efforts to increase student success, while poorly-aligned policies can thwart the best on-the-ground efforts. This report models how data can be used to identify ways to increase student success. It analyzes outcomes for over a quarter of a million degree-seeking students in the California Community Colleges (CCC), tracking those who entered in 2003-04 over six years. The authors analyze student progress through intermediate "milestones" as well as three completion outcomes: certificates, associate degrees, and transfer. (Contains 10 figures, 1 table, and 35 notes.) [Support for this paper was provided by The Campaign for College Opportunity.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: California State University, Sacramento. Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy
Identifiers - Location: California