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Shingledecker, Diane – Community College Journal, 2016
Service learning is one of the most effective teaching methods for engaging and retaining community college students, but it comes with its challenges. For many students, the added requirements of a service learning experience can become one more responsibility in an already too-long list. In addition to being responsible for children, holding…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness, Community Colleges
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Knox, George – Community College Journal, 2016
George Knox reflects on his 15-year career as president of Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas. Knox writes that, as a first-time president coming into a brand new system, he was very fortunate to have many seasoned presidents and mentors in Kansas and from the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Presidents Academy. He says…
Descriptors: Reflection, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Governance
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Whissemore, Tabitha – Community College Journal, 2016
Since its launch in September 2015, Heads Up America has collected information on nearly 125 promise programs across the country, many of which were instituted long before President Barack Obama announced the America's College Promise (ACP) plan in 2015. At least 27 new free community college programs have launched in states, communities, and at…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Programs, Two Year Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2016
Being a college president has been Kenya Ayers' goal since she started in higher education in the late 1990s. "I'm really clear," she says. "I want to do this." Ayers is well on her way. She's been a provost, an academic dean and an administrative one, and an associate vice president of academic affairs at colleges in…
Descriptors: College Presidents, Higher Education, Profiles, Mentors
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2016
Planning ahead, practicing your response for various scenarios, being open and honest, showing empathy and respect for other peoples' perspectives and assuring stakeholders that you have the situation covered are the foundations of communicating successfully during a crisis, experts say. This article provides strategies for Community College…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Higher Education, Crisis Management
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Goings, Amy Morrison – Community College Journal, 2016
Amy Morrison Goings was 40 years old in 2013 when she began her presidency at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. She didn't consider herself a representative of all Generation X community college presidents, but as a member of this tight-knit group, she does feel a need to share her insight into what's on the minds of that community.…
Descriptors: Leadership, Leadership Training, College Presidents, Community Colleges
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2016
First-time community college presidents are typically chosen from the senior ranks of two-year colleges' administrations, so they know what the job entails to some extent--at least from a close secondhand perspective. Leaders of community colleges who have taken the reins in the mid-2010s say that a close secondhand view only goes so far in…
Descriptors: Leadership, Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, College Presidents
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2016
By purchasing abandoned facilities and transforming them into vibrant hubs for culture and education, community colleges are fulfilling one of their key missions: revitalizing their communities. But these types of projects can be fraught with challenges as well. Here's how Austin Community College (Texas), Manchester Community College…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Community Relationship, Institutional Mission, Facility Improvement
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2016
Community colleges nationwide are retrofitting their campuses to meet best environmental principles, creating comprehensive "living laboratories" where participants have a direct impact on reducing an institution's carbon footprint. Environmental stewardship is a growing priority among millennials, observers say. Sixty-six percent of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Environmental Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Conservation (Environment)
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2016
As some community college students know all too well, it's difficult to concentrate on your studies if you are hungry, don't have a roof over your head, lack adequate transportation, or just had your laptop stolen and don't have the money for a new one. In some cases, it makes staying in school, period, very challenging. Recognizing the roadblocks…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Emergency Programs, Food
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2015
As community colleges work to improve completion rates, these institutions are also developing homegrown metrics that better represent how they are really doing--and, in many places, these metrics are driving the reforms necessary to improve. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) defines student success as the number of full-time…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Rating Scales, Benchmarking
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Patton, Madeline – Community College Journal, 2015
Data breach prevention is a battle, rarely plain and never simple. For higher education institutions, the Sisyphean aspects of the task are more complex than for industry and business. Two-year colleges have payrolls and vendor contracts like those enterprises. They also have public record and student confidentiality requirements. Colleges must…
Descriptors: Disclosure, Computer Security, Confidential Records, Confidentiality
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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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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2015
The graying of community college leadership is an issue across the country. More than half of all community college presidents expect to retire in five years, according to data from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Succession planning is yet another opportunity for colleges already navigating a variety of reforms to innovate.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, Retirement, Labor Turnover
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2015
The growth of online education has slowed down among community colleges, but it is still outpacing overall enrollment, while the quality of the education offered has improved from a pale imitation to a worthy competitor, administrators say. More than 5.5 million community college students enrolled in distance education programs in 2013-14,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Community Colleges, Technology Uses in Education, Two Year College Students
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