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ERIC Number: ED536828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-18
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Time Is Money...and the Enemy of College Completion: Transform American Higher Education to Boost Completion and Reduce Costs. Testimony before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
Jones, Stan
Complete College America
This paper presents Stan Jones' testimony before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. In his testimony, he talks about a new American majority of students that 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. 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) "College: The Unfinished Revolution" by James Rosenbaum,; (2) NGA/CCA Common College Completion Metrics; and (3) Complete College America's "Essential Steps for States."
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Complete College America
Identifiers - Location: United States