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ERIC Number: ED561117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
A Matter of Degrees: Practices to Pathways. High-Impact Practices for Community College Student Success
Center for Community College Student Engagement
Today's nationwide focus on college completion is central to both individual and societal success. For individuals, attaining a credential has become essential to earn a livable wage and support a family. In addition, as each person's educational attainment increases, so does his or her capacity to contribute to the economy, his or her community, and the democratic process. Community colleges--which educate most of the students who are statistically least likely to earn degrees--are at the heart of improving college success, and a number of community college leadership organizations have pledged to improve college completion rates. The Center for Community College Student Engagement has spent more than 10 years providing colleges with data they can use to understand and improve the educational experiences of their students. With today's reality of growing demand for higher education, constrained budgets, and greater accountability, acting on such data is more important than ever. Colleges have to make difficult choices about time, money, and other resources. And every one of those decisions should be guided by a single question: What action will help the most students succeed? "A Matter of Degrees: Practices to Pathways" is the third of three reports that are part of the Center's special initiative, Identifying and Promoting High-Impact Educational Practices in Community Colleges. This report focuses on the critical next-level challenge in community college work: strengthening student success by identifying the educational practices that matter most and integrating them into coherent academic and career pathways "for all students." Toward that end, this report offers exploratory analyses of relationships between high-impact practices and student outcomes.
Center for Community College Student Engagement. 3316 Grandview Street, Austin, TX 78705. Tel: 512-471-6807; Fax: 512-471-4209; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Lumina Foundation; Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Authoring Institution: Center for Community College Student Engagement
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; New York; Oregon; Texas; Washington