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ERIC Number: EJ925892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Listen and Learn: National Listening Tour Creates a Roadmap for Colleges to Achieve Their Potential
Murray, Corey; Orr, Andrea
Community College Journal, v81 n5 p30-34, 36-37 Apr-May 2011
Enrollments are up across the board--a good sign for any college, particularly one that's only recently opened its doors--but enthusiasm is tempered by the reality of an impending budget crisis. Like most colleges, the situation is compounded by political pressure to increase the nation's graduation rate. Not that graduating students hasn't always been a priority. What is the point of having someone spend two years in college without coming closer to a degree? But if there is a will, is there truly a way--economically speaking? This is one of the questions American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President and CEO Walter Bumphus is attempting to address with fellow community college leaders during a national Listening Tour. Still reeling from the effects of a punishing economic downturn, community college leaders say they are ready to throw out the traditional higher education paradigm in favor of practices that meet the needs of an increasingly competitive global workforce. Bumphus hopes the tour will identify new fundraising streams and provide a foundation for developing workable metrics that fairly assess community colleges and hold them more accountable for student success. In talks, Bumphus and several community college leaders emphasized the importance of partnerships and collaboration between members of the education and business communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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