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Fink, John; Jenkins, Davis; Kopko, Elizabeth; Ran, Florence Xiaotao – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
Community college transfer students encounter challenges progressing toward a bachelor's degree, leading to widespread transfer credit loss. This in turn may lower students' chances of credential completion and increase the time and costs for students, their families, and taxpayers. In this study we review three definitions of credit transfer…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Transfer Students, College Credits, Bachelors Degrees
Jenkins, Davis; Lahr, Hana; Fink, John; Ganga, Elizabeth – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
Since the publication of "Redesigning America's Community Colleges" (Thomas Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars, and Davis Jenkins) in 2015, guided pathways reform has become a national movement in community colleges. As of spring 2018, more than 250 community colleges have committed to undertaking large-scale guided pathways reforms as part of…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Community Colleges, Educational Change, Models
Jenkins, Davis; Lahr, Hana; Fink, John; Ganga, Elizabeth; Kopko, Elizabeth; Brown, Amy E.; Patterson, Porshèa – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
Guided pathways reforms require colleges to rethink how they teach and support students. The case studies in Part 2 of this practitioner packet examine how colleges at the forefront of these reforms are transforming their programs and support services by implementing three key guided pathways practices: (1) meta-majors (clusters of programs in…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Academic Support Services, College Programs
Jenkins, Davis; Lahr, Hana; Fink, John; Ganga, Elizabeth – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
Guided pathways reforms can take several years to implement at scale because they require a thoroughgoing redesign of a college's major functions, including: (1) organizing programs into career-focused meta-majors to enhance student recruitment and exploration and program improvement; (2) mapping clear paths to degrees, employment, and further…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Program Administration, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Kopko, Elizabeth; Ramos, Marisol; Karp, Melinda – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
A growing number of institutions undertaking "guided pathways" reforms are rethinking how students select programs of study, choose courses, and make other program-related choices. One primary aim is to help students make thoughtful decisions about their programs early on as a means to encourage faster and more satisfying college…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Educational Resources, Course Selection (Students)
Jenkins, Davis; Lahr, Hana; Fink, John – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
Across the United States, a growing number of colleges are redesigning their programs and student support services according to the "guided pathways" model. Central to this approach are efforts to clarify pathways to program completion, career advancement, and further education. Equally essential are efforts to help students explore…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Change Strategies, Design, Planning
Jenkins, Davis; Lahr, Hana; Fink, John – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
This summary is a digest of key findings from "Implementing Guided Pathways: Early Insights From the AACC Pathways Colleges," a report based on Community College Research Center's (CCRC's) research on the 30 colleges involved in the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Pathways Project. The research presented in this report…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Change Strategies, Design, Planning
Jenkins, Davis; Bailey, Thomas – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
In this brief, the authors propose three measures of "early momentum" for two reasons: Research is beginning to show that these near-term metrics predict long-term success, and the metrics focus attention on initial conditions at colleges that are particularly important for solidifying the foundation for student success. While these…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, College Students, Graduation Rate
Bailey, Thomas; Jenkins, Davis; Fink, John; Cullinane, Jenna; Schudde, Lauren – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
Texas relies heavily on its community colleges to provide low-cost access to undergraduate coursework for students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Yet, while the majority of Texas students who enter higher education through a community college enroll in transfer programs, only 35 percent transfer and only 15 percent earn a bachelor's degree within…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Transfer Students, Success, Undergraduate Students
Fink, John – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
Increasingly, colleges and universities across the country are adopting "guided pathways" reforms to create clearly defined, educationally coherent pathways into and through programs of study for their students. Facilitated by built-in supports, the goal of guided pathways is to increase learning and graduation rates, and to help more…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Interviews, Two Year College Students, College Freshmen
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
Beginning at a local two-year college and then transferring to a four-year institution has been one of the most affordable ways for students to earn a bachelor's degree. Yet transfer pathways from two- to four-year institutions are often complex and confusing, and too many students who begin at a community college and aspire to earn a bachelor's…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Transfer Students, Transfer Programs, Transfer Policy
Fay, Maggie P.; Barnett, Elisabeth A.; Chavarín, Octaviano – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
While many states have strengthened their high school graduation requirements over the last decade, too many graduates are still underprepared for college. In response to this problem, states across the country are administering early college readiness assessments that measure 11th grade students' readiness to successfully perform entry-level,…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Curriculum Implementation, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
Dougherty, Kevin J.; Lahr, Hana; Morest, Vanessa S. – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
Enrolling more than 6 million students each fall, community colleges carry out a crucial function in higher education by providing access to college, including baccalaureate opportunities, occupational education, remedial education, and other educational services. At the same time, community colleges face great challenges that have elicited calls…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Policy, College Role
Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Grant, Markeisha; Fay, Maggie P.; Farakish, Negar – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
Established in 2013, American Honors (AH) is a program operated in partnership between the for-profit company Quad Learning and a growing number of public two-year colleges. It is designed to provide an honors curriculum and intensive wraparound advising for high-achieving, low-income domestic students, as well as for international students who…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Two Year Colleges, High Achievement, Low Income Groups
Karp, Melinda Mechur; Klempin, Serena – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017
To improve the educational experiences and outcomes of student veterans, the Kisco Foundation developed the Kohlberg Prize in 2015. Two cohorts of colleges were awarded competitive grants to enhance their veterans services. This piece examines the process of creating integrated services for student veterans through the institutionalization of…
Descriptors: Veterans Education, College Students, Student Personnel Services, Grants
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