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ERIC Number: EJ1092505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Build to Scale: Colleges Face Challenges When Rolling out Completion Programs to More Students
Boerner, Heather
Community College Journal, v84 n5 p46-48, 50, 52 Apr-May 2014
As community colleges strive to meet President Obama's call to graduate 50 percent more college students by 2020, there is no shortage of promising ideas. But, as educators are learning, not all programs scale. Bringing completion programs to scale requires a fundamental shift in the culture of the college, away from enrollment and toward success. However, across the country, community colleges are being asked to achieve higher graduation rates at a time when many institutions are still reeling from widespread budget cuts with lose in enrollments, and in some cases, the inability to offer classes to those already enrolled. In this article, Heather Boerner highlights what community colleges around the country are doing to ensure students reach and graduate by taking steps like: (1) clearing the completion pipeline by taking immediate steps to help students who are close to graduating finish their educations; (2) creating long-term approaches intended to keep completion numbers high as the backlog clears; and (3) implementing more effective metrics by which to measure and improve college completion programs going forward.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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