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LaViolet, Tania; Fresquez, Benjamin; Maxson, McKenzie; Wyner, Joshua – Aspen Institute, 2018
"The Talent Blind Spot," which is divided into two reports, demonstrates that, each year, more than 50,000 high-achieving, low- and moderate-income community college students do not transfer to a four-year institution. Approximately 15,000 of these students have a 3.7 GPA or higher, which suggests they could succeed at even the most…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Transfer Students, Graduation Rate
Soricone, Lisa; McDonnell, Rachel Pleasants – Jobs For the Future, 2016
As community colleges across the country look for ways to promote student success, the need for scaling effective approaches is critical. This guide builds on a framework of four phases of scaling developed in Job For the Future's (JFF's) previous publication, "Thinking Big: A Framework for States on Scaling Up Community College…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Innovation, Educational Planning, Sustainability
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Pruett, Christian D.; Pollard, Terry – New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2013
Mississippi's community and junior colleges comprise the nation's oldest two-year system. Throughout history, Mississippi has prided itself on bridging the gap between dreams and reality through increased access to higher education. In the early 1990s, through advancements made possible through telecommunications systems, educators and leaders…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Access to Education, Two Year Colleges, Technology Uses in Education
Altstadt, David, Ed. – Jobs for the Future, 2012
Driven by economic and educational imperatives, public policymakers, higher education leaders, and philanthropic and advocacy groups are mobilizing aggressive national and state campaigns to bolster college completion. Campaigns to improve student success are particularly concerned about the performance of the nation's community colleges. In…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Public Support
College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, 2012
The CollegeKeys Compact[TM] is a national call to action to school districts, colleges and universities, state education agencies, and nonprofit organizations to identify, share and expand programs and practices that address the needs and challenges of low-income students and help them get ready for, get into and get through college. The College…
Descriptors: College Students, Low Income Groups, Economically Disadvantaged, First Generation College Students
Endel, Barbara; Anderson, Nate – Jobs for the Future, 2011
A college credential is essential for individuals seeking to earn family-supporting wages. However, over 90 million Americans face considerable barriers in obtaining the basic academic skills necessary to enroll in college-level courses. Research, combined with the challenges experienced daily by those in the workforce development field, has led…
Descriptors: Credentials, Community Colleges, Measures (Individuals), Program Effectiveness
Rogers, Kimberly R.; Pleasants, Rachel – Jobs for the Future, 2011
The emerging and expanding green economy has the potential to create not just jobs, but career opportunities across the United States as green manufacturing, green products, and green services fuel demand for workers at all skill levels. Community colleges are leading the way in defining and addressing these opportunities. They are: developing…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Water, Technical Institutes, Community Colleges
McPhail, Christine Johnson – American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1), 2011
At its annual joint board and commission meeting (Washington, DC, November 10-11, 2010), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) focused attention on college completion by presenting two panel discussions on the completion agenda, followed by breakout sessions in which participants were assigned to focus groups tasked with providing…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Professional Associations, Conferences (Gatherings), Agenda Setting
Mwase, Gloria; Keniry, Julian – Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), 2011
With support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) formed the Greenforce Initiative--a two-year venture that will work with community colleges across the nation to strengthen their capacity to implement or refine quality pathways…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Community Colleges, Conservation (Environment), Sustainable Development
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Mercer, Kerri Russo – Community College Review, 2009
The correctional population in the United States has increased dramatically in the past two decades and shows no sign of tapering off. In addition, the recidivism rates of those inmates who are released are high. Consequently, various constituencies have questioned how the number of inmates who return to the correctional population can be reduced.…
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Postsecondary Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support
Collins, Michael; Couturier, Lara K. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2008
The American higher education system considers itself a primary avenue to opportunity. As providers of broad access to postsecondary education, community colleges are arguably the most vital organ in that pulsing system. But there is a growing acknowledgment that access alone is no longer enough. "Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Community Colleges, Academic Aspiration, Two Year Colleges