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ERIC Number: ED536824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-31
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Boosting Completion at Community Colleges: Time, Choice, Structure and the Significant Role of States. Policy Brief
Complete College America
A new American majority of students is emerging on campuses, especially at community colleges. These students must delicately balance long hours at jobs they must have with the higher education they desire. Even though this emerging majority has fundamentally different needs, American higher education in general has been slow to change, continuing to deliver courses and programs designed decades ago and best suited for full-time, residential students. Time, choice and structure are the essential optics through which all higher education reforms must be viewed in order to maximize the likelihood of graduating more of today's students. Successful, large-scale programs and systems around the country have proven that by utilizing informed choice and structured delivery, students can successfully balance jobs and school--and are much more likely to graduate. To achieve the substantial gains in college completion Americans must have to compete, must reinvent American higher education. To do so, requires significant shared responsibility by all stakeholders, including government. More of the same will not do. States, as the leading investors in higher education, have the power and authority to demand more from higher education--and they have a moral obligation to do so. Complete College America's "Essential Steps for States" make clear that states can utilize powerful policy levers now to remove unnecessary obstacles and speed student success. By utilizing the NGA/CCA Common College Completion Metrics, yawning gaps in current data collection will be filled and states will be empowered with new tools to hold higher education accountable and inform reform design. The Administration can seize key opportunities to encourage states, incent needed reforms, and signal its clear interest in more college graduates, not just enrollments. Appended are: (1) "Community College: The Unfinished Revolution" by James Rosenbaum,; (2) NGA/CCA Common College Completion Metrics; and (3) Complete College America's "Essential Steps for States." Attached are: (1) Complete College Tennessee: A synopsis of the legislation prepared by Complete College America; and (2) Community College and Career Training Grants: Complete College America's Recommendations to the Administration.
Complete College America. 1250 H Street NW Suite 850, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-349-4148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Complete College America
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee