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ERIC Number: EJ824709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Courageous Conversations: Achieving the Dream and the Importance of Student Success
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v41 n1 p24-41 Jan-Feb 2009
Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a national initiative dedicated to the premise that community colleges should be as successful at student retention and graduation, particularly for students of color and low-income, as they are at enrollment. On campus, the initiative is focused on creating a culture of evidence, one in which data about student success--and failure--is gathered, analyzed, and used to identify problems and create new ways to address them, all with the goal of improving student outcomes. This paper presents three articles that look at the initiative's successes and challenges, teach about research on a key piece of federal student-success data, and talk about how one's response to the economic and educational challenges of the 21st century will be as important as the response to the Panic of 1893 that helped lead to the creation of community colleges in the first place. Following an introductory description of the program (Margaret Miller), the article includes: (1) Achieving the Community-College Dream (Carol Lincoln); (2) What Counts as Community College Success? Better Ways to Answer the Questions (Susan Goldberger and Richard Kazis); and (3) The Success of Our Future Workers -- and the American Economy (Arthur J. Rothkopf.) (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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