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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2023
Change is a constant both in life and on the typical community college campus. Two-year institutions are constantly adjusting to demographic transitions, workforce needs and the ever-shifting requirements of underserved enrollees. Flexibility around service may also call for internal change. Some community colleges have rebranded their names--a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Community Colleges, Educational Environment, Institutional Characteristics
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
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
Retaining people no longer credited toward college completion--a group known in academic parlance as "stop outs"--is a core concern among administrators seeking to remove barriers to education. Preventing stop outs from becoming stay outs means re-enrolling students beset by debt, or targeting vulnerable demos close to graduation.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Stopouts, Prevention
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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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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2020
Amid the global pandemic, community colleges nationwide found themselves challenged like never before. More than 21 million Americans lost their jobs in March and April. How would this economic collapse affect college revenue streams, or fall semester enrollment? Would campuses even be open in the fall? Would students continue to register for…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Budgeting, Educational Finance, Pandemics
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Programs like nursing, welding, computer science and communications are found at many if not most community colleges. And then there are degree and certificate offerings like cannabis cultivation, slot machine repair and gunsmithing technology that aren't exactly a dime a dozen--and yet they are an important part of both their respective academic…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Program Development, Certification
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2018
State fiscal support for higher education has met sluggish growth recently, a trend that has community college leaders working to meet student needs despite a shrinking resource pool. According to an annual report released in January by Grapevine, state financial aid for higher education increased just 1.6 percent between the 2017 and 2018 fiscal…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Higher Education, Funding Formulas
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2017
A community college's success hinges in large part on the effectiveness of its teaching faculty, no more so than in times of major organizational change. However, any large-scale foundational shift requires institutional buy-in, with the onus on leadership to create an environment where everyone is working together toward the same endpoint.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Time to Degree, Educational Change
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2017
Ohio's decision to let community colleges award four-year degrees is part of a growing national trend. When this article went to press, more than 90 community colleges across 19 states offered active four-year degree programs. Counting New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, which technically is a community college, but offers degrees as high…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Bachelors Degrees, Labor Force Development, Costs
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2017
In 2012, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) released a report stating, in no uncertain terms, that "the American dream is imperiled." Data supporting this declaration highlighted a sagging economy and a record number of Americans who had fallen into poverty. A product of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Time to Degree, Graduation
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2016
Low-income students face a number of obstacles that go beyond the cost of tuition and fees. For instance, their schooling often requires expenses that aren't covered by financial aid, such as books and commuting costs. What's more, education is often competing for their time with other responsibilities, such as the need to work or take care of…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Tuition, Community Colleges, Financial Support
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2016
As one of the 30 community college presidents taking part in the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Pathways Project, El Paso Community College (EPCC) President William Serrata is learning from coaches and national experts at each of six Pathways Institutes run by AACC. He also has a key state-level resource that allows him to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, College Programs, Guidance Programs
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Woods, Bob – Community College Journal, 2015
The skills gap--the disparity between job openings and job seekers in an employment category--is wider in some sectors and parts of the country than others. The disconnect between community colleges and employers perpetuates the skills gap. Despite the current push among educators, politicians, and employers to increase completion rates, that…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Job Skills, Employment Qualifications
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2015
In 2009, President Barack Obama announced the 2020 College Completion initiative. The goal: By 2020, the United States will have the greatest proportion of citizens who are college graduates, compared with the rest of the world. On a national level, however, the average six-year completion rate hasn't changed much in the more than five years since…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Nontraditional Students, Success, Student Needs
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2015
This article describes how out-of-work miners are engaged in the Empowering Education Initiative, a unique alliance between Country Music Television (CMT) and community colleges in Appalachia. The initiative, which includes a website and a series of country music concerts, is changing the conversation in the Appalachian region, giving hope to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Higher Education, Music Activities, Job Training
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