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Halligan, Tom – Community College Journal, 2010
As more community colleges focus on using data to improve educational outcomes, many administrators are considering business intelligence applications that promise a path toward more informed decisions. Getting there, leaders say, requires more than installing some out-of-the-box solution; it requires changing the culture and finding skilled…
Descriptors: Intelligence, Graduation Rate, Graduation, Information Technology
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Halligan, Tom – Community College Journal, 2010
Keeping up with alumni has always been tough for community colleges. It's not unusual for students to transfer to other institutions and leave the area, or to attend school briefly only to be swallowed up again by the workforce. Fortunately, a new breed of social media is making alumni outreach easier. And colleges are taking advantage. This…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Community Colleges, Alumni, Two Year Colleges
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Halligan, Tom – Community College Journal, 2009
Colleges across the country are rising to the task by implementing safety programs, response strategies, and technologies intended to create a secure environment for teachers and students. Whether it is preparing and responding to a natural disaster, health emergency, or act of violence, more schools are making campus safety a top priority. At…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Crisis Management, Community Colleges, School Safety
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Halligan, Tom – Community College Journal, 2009
This article features Pennsylvania's Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), the nation's number 1 technologically advanced community college, and describes the college's secrets and strategies to success. Although technology underpins much of what MCCC does, the college does not receive the honor--from the Center for Digital Education and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Attendance Patterns, College Students, Educational Change
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Halligan, Tom – Community College Journal, 2008
Increased competition from Internet merchants, coupled with the swelling popularity of electronic books and skyrocketing textbook prices, is forcing the nation's college stores to get creative, find new ways to boost revenues, and drive sales of books and other merchandise to students and faculty. To make up for lost revenue as a result of…
Descriptors: Competition, Online Vendors, Retailing, Community Colleges
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Halligan, Tom – Community College Journal, 2008
Pressured by constricting state appropriations and ever-increasing financial demands, the nation's community colleges are ratcheting up fundraising efforts to attract new donors. Many are finding success. Honolulu Community College in Hawaii, for example, recently received an estate gift of $3.5 million. Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Community Colleges, Donors, Institutional Advancement
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Halligan, Tom – Community College Journal, 2007
Educating America's service men and women has long been a core mission of many community colleges, especially in cities and towns that host military bases and installations. Today, a soldier, sailor, or Marine can be stationed anywhere in the world and continue his or her education with the help of distance learning initiatives. Whether a soldier…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Institutional Mission, Military Personnel, Technology Uses in Education