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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
Kalamkarian, Hoori Santikian; Boynton, Melissa; Lopez, Andrea G. – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
A rapidly growing number of higher education institutions nationwide are implementing advising technologies--including education planning, counseling and coaching, and risk targeting technologies--to help students plan their academic paths and stay on track to graduation. Research suggests that these technologies may improve support for students…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Technology Uses in Education, Outreach Programs, Higher Education
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)
Schudde, Lauren; Bradley, Dwuana; Absher, Caitlin – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
Many first-time community college entrants aspire to earn a bachelor's degree, but few do. To transfer, students often must overcome information constraints to navigate bureaucratic hurdles and conflicting requirements. For a sample of 20 Texas community colleges, we reviewed college websites, assessing the ease of access and usefulness of online…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, College Transfer Students, Web Sites, Community Colleges
Armijo, Michael; Velasco, Tatiana – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
In 2015, 26 two- and four-year institutions received grants to help implement and sustain reforms consistent with the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) reform approach. Beginning in 2015, the colleges worked to launch or enhance technologies and related structural and procedural changes that would enable them to provide…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Performance, Educational Indicators, Colleges
Jenkins, Davis; Brown, Amy E.; Fink, John; Lahr, Hana; Yanagiura, Takeshi – Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
Among state community college systems, the 13 community colleges under the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) are probably the furthest along in implementing guided pathways reforms. All 13 colleges are implementing what they call "Tennessee completion practices"--reforms to help students choose, enter, navigate, and complete programs that…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Change Strategies, College Readiness
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
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