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ERIC Number: ED515134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1526-2049
Redesigning Community Colleges for Completion: Lessons from Research on High-Performance Organizations. CCRC Brief. Number 48
Jenkins, Davis
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
Community college efforts to increase completion rates typically involve small programs or pilots that serve relatively few students and often rely on temporary outside funding. However, small-scale innovations, such as learning communities, supplemental instruction, and mentoring programs--particularly if implemented in isolation from larger organizational reforms--will not be sufficient to improve rates of student completion on a large scale. To achieve substantial gains in productivity, community colleges will have to make more fundamental, systemic changes in the way they operate. This Brief summarizes a longer review of the research on organizational improvement and offers guidance on steps community college leaders can take to engage faculty and staff in redesigning their institutions to increase student completion while preserving their "open door" mission. (Contains 1 figure.) [This Brief is based on "Redesigning Community Colleges for Completion: Lessons from Research on High-Performance Organizations. CCRC Working Paper No. 24. Assessment of Evidence Series" (ED515133).]
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail: ccrc@columbia.edu; Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ccrc
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center