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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2020
Study abroad can be a crucial opportunity for learners to thrive in a global, interconnected economy. While overseas study programs prepare participants for the worldwide workforce, community college students are at a disadvantage if these journeys are not integrated into the classroom experience. As many two-year institutions lack a dedicated…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Consortia, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2020
There tends to be a belief that community colleges are focused on the needs of their immediate communities. However, employers everywhere are looking for a more globally competent workforce. Even if that means to be an informed citizen who can help solve complex problems is changing, with challenges such as climate change or the coronavirus…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Global Approach, College Faculty, Partnerships in Education
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2020
International students contribute much to community college campuses and their surrounding communities, both economically and culturally. In the 2018-19 academic year, community colleges enrolled more than 86,000 international students, according to data from the Institute of International Education's Open Doors report. However, at a time when…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Foreign Students, Student Recruitment
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2019
An aging population coupled with changing technology means there are growing dentistry needs across the country--and community colleges are there to train the workforce. Dental accreditations and degrees are currently available at two-year colleges nationwide--including the farthest reaches of Alaska--pointing to an industry very much in demand.…
Descriptors: Allied Health Personnel, Dentistry, Allied Health Occupations Education, Community Colleges
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Flory, Emily Shenk – Community College Journal, 2019
The Center for Collegiate Mental Health found that between 2009 and 2015, colleges saw an increase in counseling center use by up to 40 percent, despite only a 5 percent increase in enrollment. The most common concerns among college students are anxiety and depression. Experts point out that this increase could be attributed to students being more…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Anxiety, Mental Health Programs
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Police training programs at community colleges are a vital cog in ensuring that local law enforcement agencies have a steady supply of recruits who have not only the weapons training, legal knowledge and other traditional skills but also professional skills like critical thinking, in an age when police behavior has come under focused public…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Police Education, Law Enforcement, Job Skills
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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2019
Trust and fairness are essential components in building strong, positive relationships with union representatives. Although negotiating contracts with faculty and employee unions can be challenging, it's easier and less contentious when the two sides approach the process not as adversaries, but as partners in improving education. Even with strong…
Descriptors: Unions, College Presidents, Contracts, Collective Bargaining
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Community colleges are increasingly recognizing that diverse leadership is needed to reflect and honor their student and faculty populations. "Students need to feel like they're welcomed," says Robert Vela, president of San Antonio College and head of the National Community College Hispanic Council, an AACC affiliate council. "If…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Diversity (Faculty), Administrator Characteristics, Trustees
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2019
The skill set asked of today's top educators is demanding, with higher education boards of trustees targeting versatile leaders able to raise funds, speak to the media and serve as an institution's academic authority, all while maneuvering among constituent groups seeking their time and attention. Community college presidents, in particular,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, Governing Boards, Institutional Mission
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Guth, Douglas J. – Community College Journal, 2019
Community colleges strive to fulfill the unique needs of military service members, veterans and their families, a mission harkening back to wartime and the decades in which the nation's fighters were off the battlefield. Educating the nation's servicemen and women has long been a core undertaking of many community colleges, particularly in regions…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Veterans Education, Military Personnel, Access to Education
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
This article describes how community colleges have evolved from early computers to virtual campuses and beyond in just a few decades.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Educational History
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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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Pierce, Dennis – Community College Journal, 2019
Community colleges have made great strides in advancing student success and completion during the last decade. But not all students have benefited from these efforts equally. According to the Lumina Foundation, the postsecondary attainment rate for adults in the United States is around 40 percent. Yet, there are still large gaps in attainment…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Equal Education, Outcomes of Education, Achievement Gap
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Boerner, Heather – Community College Journal, 2019
The purpose of the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Competencies for Community College Leaders is to guide the development of emerging leaders and to assist colleges with the selection of employees dedicated to the community college mission, vision, and values. Recently after over two years, college presidents on the AACC's…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Administration, Competence, Leadership Qualities
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Finkel, Ed – Community College Journal, 2019
Though 80 percent of the 1.1 million community college students who enroll each year intend to transfer and earn a bachelor's degree, only about 14 percent of them end up getting a bachelor's degree within six years, according to a 2016 report from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College. Across the nation,…
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year College Students, Educational Attainment
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