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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2023
With enrollment down, competition increasing from company training and university associate degree programs, and people's perceptions of community colleges still lagging the robust reality of what they have to offer. Community colleges need to tell their own stories so that others do not do for them. Community colleges are often a misunderstood,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Leadership, Values, Institutional Mission
Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2023
A widely cited Emory University study found that while 76% of incarcerated Americans return to prison within five years, that rate drops to 55% for those who take high school classes, 30% for those who complete vocational training, and 13.7% for those who complete an associate degree. Community colleges play a key role in ensuring that people…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Partnerships in Education
Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2023
Facing enrollment declines that date to the Great Recession and accelerated during the worst of the pandemic, community colleges are redoubling their focus on student-readiness to seem--and become--as welcoming as possible. These efforts include: (1) ramping up student equity, diversity, and inclusion; (2) becoming more trauma-informed and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Student Centered Curriculum, Community Colleges, Equal Education
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
Community college early childhood education programs prepare students for a career path that enjoys plenty of demand, although that's at least in part due to low wages that make hiring and retaining good workers a challenge. That challenge has become more acute during the COVID-19 pandemic, given the literally hands-on nature of the work. Demand…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Early Childhood Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
As the world takes two steps forward toward normalcy, typically followed by a step backward into pandemic mode, the truism that faculty success leads to student success probably has never been more resonant. To achieve professional success, faculty need a culture--along with a budget--to try out new, innovative ideas. Both at the individual campus…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, COVID-19, Pandemics, College Faculty
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
Like employers of many stripes, community colleges are facing their own challenges with the so-called "Great Resignation," particularly in key faculty and staff roles like nursing instructors, financial aid counselors and custodians. This article describes challenges in hiring and retention in those three roles, as well as examples of…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Selection, Teacher Persistence
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
Real differences do exist among the generations in terms of attitudes, behaviors, expectations and motivations that have an impact at work and in the classroom, in spheres of activity like building teams, dealing with change, motivating and managing, and teaching. But community college leaders and other administrators and faculty can leverage…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Leaders, Older Adults
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
From free and low-cost dental clinics provided by dental hygienist students, to home building by students in construction programs, to more individualized service-learning across a wide array of courses, two-year schools are putting the "community" in community college by mixing academics and service in a panoply of creative ways. These…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Community College Students, Allied Health Personnel, Dentistry
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2022
The more polarized American politics become, the more challenging it becomes for institutional leaders of all stripes to maintain a balanced approach and not get crosswise with anyone. Community college leaders are no exception to this reality--and they say succeeding in this environment requires an artful combination of underscoring the natural…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Community Colleges, Student Interests
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community college faculty have always been more than classroom teachers, but during the pandemic their roles as counselors, navigators and sources of needed referrals perhaps have never been more paramount--or appreciated. Beyond the dizzying logistics and scrambled pedagogy involved in switching from in-person to online learning, faculty have…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community college students are more likely to be low-income, people of color and first generation in their family to attend higher education than their four-year peers. For a combination of these reasons, they are more apt to be housing insecure. This article discusses how some community colleges are providing new solutions for residences for…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Low Income Students, First Generation College Students
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community colleges making the diversity, equity and inclusion journey need to recognize that one-size-fits-all support for students of color will not get the job done. To make everyone feel welcome on campus, leaders of two-year colleges need to ensure that they, as well as their faculty, staff and students, shed their assumptions, get out of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Diversity, Equal Education, Inclusion
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
In recent years and especially over the past 12 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest after the death of George Floyd, community colleges have been making efforts to view and rethink their missions through an equity lens. These efforts have included turning this prism toward institutional operations like student services, human…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Equal Education, Minority Group Students, Adult Students
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Investments in professional development have been more important than ever for community colleges this past year against the backdrop of the pandemic and all that it has changed. While some colleges are facing declining enrollments and less in the way of state funding, they are stretching every professional development dollar they can get their…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Community Colleges, Distance Education, College Faculty
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2021
Community colleges hold a central piece in law enforcement training. Their curricula often based on mandates from state law enforcement boards. They had been gradually increasing their focus of these training programs on issues related to diversity, equity and racial profiling. This spotlight has led to changes (or potential changes) in areas like…
Descriptors: Police Education, Police Community Relationship, Educational Change, Community Colleges
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