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Joch, Alan – Community College Journal, 2014
The need for increased accountability in higher education and, specifically, the nation's community colleges-is something most educators can agree on. The challenge has, and continues to be, finding a system of metrics that meets the unique needs of two-year institutions versus their four-year-counterparts. Last summer, President Obama unveiled…
Descriptors: Accountability, Community Colleges, Postsecondary Education, Rating Scales
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Joch, Alan – Community College Journal, 2014
With an emphasis on planning and cutting costs to make better use of resources, facilities managers at community colleges across the nation have undertaken facilities audits usually with the help of outside engineers. Such assessments analyze the history and structural integrity of buildings and core components on campus, including heating…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Facilities Planning, Audits (Verification), School Buildings
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Joch, Alan – Community College Journal, 2011
The numbers were already bad, and they keep getting worse, for the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). Given the weak economy, administrators planned for a 5 percent reduction in state funding in the 2010-11 academic year. The actual reduction ballooned to more than 7.5 percent, an additional $13 million that DCCCD would be forced to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Job Layoff, Administrators, College Administration
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Joch, Alan – Community College Journal, 2009
Community colleges are pulling back the covers of student performance in favor of a new "culture of evidence." One hundred two community colleges in 22 states have joined Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count. Backed by a partnership of foundations and research organizations, the effort provides funding, coaching, and data-driven…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Evidence, School Statistics, Outcomes of Education
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Joch, Alan – Community College Journal, 2008
Lone Star College had a unique opportunity in 2000 when it began planning its new CyFair campus in suburban Houston. The school wasn't retrofitting existing buildings or contending with entrenched attitudes about what type of physical environment best supported learning. So when it designed its sprawling 550,000-square-foot campus, paid for with…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Innovation, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Design