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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2012
The purpose of academic advising is to help students select a program of study to meet life and vocational goals. As such, academic advising is a central activity in the process of education. Academic advising occurs at least once each term for every student in the college; few student support functions occur as often or affect so many students.…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Higher Education, Community Colleges, College Students
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2012
Almost every institution of higher education engages in late registration. But evidence is mounting that the practice, originally intended to keep the doors of opportunity open for students as long as possible, wreaks havoc on the ability of colleges to achieve the goals of the emerging completion agenda. Despite best intentions, late registration…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Persistence, School Registration, School Holding Power
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2011
The Completion Agenda has emerged as the overarching mission of the community college. Never in the history of the community college movement has an idea so galvanized stakeholders--from the White House to the state house. Never has so much funding from philanthropic groups, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation, been…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Local History, Community Colleges, Associate Degrees
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2010
For more than 100 years, the Student Access Agenda has been the driving force of the community college movement. In the past two decades, the Student Success Agenda has emerged and become the single most important goal for community colleges. As it has evolved, it has morphed into the Completion Agenda, a more sharply focused goal of student…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Federal Government, Access to Education, Educational Philosophy
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2009
More than 6,500 trustees serve the nation's community colleges. The overwhelming majority of these trustees are exceptional community leaders, elected and appointed to champion the community college mission for the community and students they represent. These local trustees serve the greater good, and as the guardians of their local community…
Descriptors: Community Leaders, Publicity, Community Colleges, Trustees
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De Los Santos, Gerardo E.; O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2008
This article describes the League for Innovation in the Community College which will be celebrating throughout 2008 its 40th anniversary as one of the oldest and most significant organizations in the community college world. Created in 1968, when community colleges were being established at the rate of one per week, the League became a beacon for…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Innovation, International Organizations, Instructional Design
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2005
Online learning has become a well-respected alternative to traditional bricks and mortar. Almost every institution of higher education in the United States, and many secondary educational institutions, feature opportunities for students to take courses, if not earn an entire degree, online. Community colleges have been at the forefront of this…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Community Colleges, Schools, Online Courses
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O'Banion, Terry; Gillett-Karam, Rosemary – Community College Journal, 1996
Argues that, despite the provision of community-based educational services, community colleges do not play a key role in social change in their communities. Reviews the history of community development in the colleges, suggesting that original goals were designed to be noncontroversial. Discusses increasing foundation support to address community…
Descriptors: Change Agents, College Role, Community Colleges, Community Development
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2002
Introduces "shtick" leadership (effective leadership characterized by profound ideas that have an enormous impact on the educational world) and illustrates this leadership style by exploring the contributions of four exemplary educational leaders. Asserts that "shtick" (defined as utilizing a special talent) leadership is needed to ensure that…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Innovation, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Responsibility
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 1994
Suggests that community college leaders have a clear mandate to place teaching and learning at the top of the educational agenda. Describes the forces--including the educational reform movement, the current political climate, social and demographic trends, and technological advances--driving the mandate to transform teaching and learning. (MAB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 1996
Describes the learning college model for community colleges, which places learning first and assumes that educational experiences should be designed for learners rather than faculty. Chronicles efforts of Oregon's Lane Community College, California's Palomar College, and Arizona's Maricopa Community Colleges to restructure into learning colleges.…
Descriptors: College Planning, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Improvement
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2000
Offers benchmark activities and questions related to the Learning Revolution as an inventory for use by colleges and universities committed to becoming more learning-centered institutions. Includes steps such as: revising mission statements, training faculty and staff, holding conversations about learning, identifying learning outcomes, creating…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Improvement
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O'Banion, Terry; Kaplan, Jonathan – Community College Journal, 2004
The community college has carved out a well-deserved role in higher education as "democracy's college." The yoke of responsibility carried by community colleges today--and the scope of the challenges they can anticipate in the future--requires the dedication of visionary, skilled leaders who understand how to make good on the promise of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Democracy, Foreign Countries, Leaders
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O'Banion, Terry – Community College Journal, 2003
As community colleges begin their journey to become more learning centered, they can capitalize on some of the experiences that such institutions have accumulated in a 100-year history of constantly coping with change. This article presents 10 observations about the challenges and 10 observations about the opportunities community colleges face as…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Higher Education, Educational Improvement