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ERIC Number: EJ943688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Pathways to Completion: Guidelines to Boosting Student Success
O'Banion, Terry
Community College Journal, v82 n1 p28-34 Aug-Sep 2011
The Completion Agenda has emerged as the overarching mission of the community college. Never in the history of the community college movement has an idea so galvanized stakeholders--from the White House to the state house. Never has so much funding from philanthropic groups, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation, been more generously funneled into a cause. Even as states struggle to survive in the face of sharply declining financial resources, the notion that community colleges can play a significant role in doubling the number of college completers is championed by virtually every community college leader. Community colleges are the right institutions to take on completion; they have the right philosophy, the right programs, and the right students, and they are strategically located in the right places. The challenge is clear: Create student success pathways that can, in the next two decades, double the number of students who obtain a certificate or an associate degree, or who transfer to earn a bachelor's degree that has "marketplace value." And ensure that these pathways work for all students, including underprepared, first-generation college students, and those from poorer socioeconomic backgrounds. In this article, the author presents guidelines to help colleges develop a completion strategy to boost student success.
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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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