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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2023
Spurred on in part by the labor shortages caused the pandemic, a growing number of employers are eliminating their degree requirements in favor of a skills-based approach to hiring. "Skills-based hiring" focuses on the actual skills and qualifications someone brings to the job instead of just the degree they've earned. For job seekers,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Personnel Selection, Community Colleges, Value Judgment
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
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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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2022
The federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, which provided nearly $2 billion over four years to help community colleges meet employers' needs more effectively was a response to the 2008 recession. Distributed by the U.S. Department of Labor, the original TAACCCT funding brought colleges…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Grants, Federal Programs, Acceleration (Education)
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2022
Guided pathways, a program that aims to improve college completion and student success through remodeling of the student journey, supports learners in choosing a program of study, ideally resulting in transfer to a four-year school or the start of a lucrative career with a two-year degree. Colleges that employ a guided pathways model are seeing…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Programs, Program Implementation, Educational Attainment
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
As the pandemic reaches the one-year mark in the United States, college presidents reflected on the impact the prolonged crisis has had on their institutions, their communities-- and themselves. The past year has seen not only the rampant spread of the novel coronavirus, but also social and political unrest. All of these issues have affected poor…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Pandemics, COVID-19, College Presidents
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2021
Many college leaders watched the disturbing video of George Floyd's murder at the hands of law enforcement officers in spring 2020 and the wave of protests that followed nationwide. That event prompted the question: What can colleges do to create more equitable systems of education for "all" students at our institutions? While the act 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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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2021
How community colleges educate students is an ever-changing proposition, one marked by an increasing number of unfilled leadership positions and an operational landscape even more reliant on labor market outcomes, learning, equity and completion. A growing number of senior leaders approaching retirement has created a wealth of career opportunities…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Doctoral Programs, Community Colleges, Educational Administration
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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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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2020
As the coronavirus forced businesses and colleges to shut down this past spring, several funders responded with grants to help nonprofit organizations dole out aid to those who were affected. Now that the initial shockwave created by the pandemic is over, foundations are shifting their focus. Instead of providing emergency aid, many are now…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, Higher Education, Educational Change
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2020
Fueled by exponential advances in technology, the world will change more in the next few decades than in all of human history, futurist Thomas Frey says. Community college leaders will have to think beyond traditional structures such as semester-length courses and two-year degree programs, designing micro-learning experiences that better match…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Educational Needs, Educational Change
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2019
Community colleges have evolved a lot over the decades, but as much as they've changed over the years, they've remained true to their core mission of serving their community's needs. They have done so as they always have--by being highly responsive to shifting priorities. This calls to mind the old saying: The more things change, the more they…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Institutional Mission, Educational Change, Community Needs
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2018
State community college systems and their two-year colleges have spent the 2010s reexamining and redesigning decades-old developmental education tracks to ensure students get what they need--and only what they need--with an eye toward moving them more quickly into college-level courses and, eventually, the degree or certificate they want.…
Descriptors: Developmental Programs, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Remedial Programs
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2018
Tarrant and Dallas counties are side-by-side blocks comprising 1,772 square miles. They are home to the region's big economic centers, Fort Worth and Dallas, respectively. If you look only at the Texas Federal Reserve Banks' data on regional economic growth, the picture here is rosy. But if you look below the surface, the story is different. It…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Partnerships in Education, Leaders, School Business Relationship
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