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Lipscomb, Tamra; Wallin, Cindy; Braun, David; Clatterbuck, Katherine; Dana, Faison; Keniston, Leonda; Lipp, John; Mason, Christian – Inquiry, 2019
Many Virginians aspiring to earn a four-year degree intentionally begin their journey at one of the 23 community colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). In concert with those aspirations, the VCCS is committed to providing its residents an affordable and accessible program of study that prepares them to transfer and earn a…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Bachelors Degrees, Access to Education, State Legislation
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Emblom-Callahan, Maggie; Burgess-Palm, Nekisha; Davis, Sandra; Decker, Amanda; Diritto, Heather; Dix, Shana; Parker, Camisha; Styles, Eric – Inquiry, 2019
The successes of corequisite remediation courses and supplemental instruction over traditional remediation courses such as the modular Math Essentials have been widely and recently documented (Logue, Watanabe-Rose, & Douglas, 2016). Corequisite reform is an important strategy to improve student completion of higher education goals. A robust…
Descriptors: Remedial Instruction, Supplementary Education, Required Courses, Community Colleges
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Samuels, Keisha; Estes, M. Todd; Eckman, Heather; Gillerlain, Kelly; Jenkins, Shanda; Miller-Edwards, Wendy; Reinauer, Olivia; Walker, Nicole – Inquiry, 2019
Community colleges offer an array of programs designed to help students meet different goals. Noncredit education provides training for students seeking targeted, often shorter, courses for personal and professional enrichment (Cohen, Brawer, & Kisker, 2014). Many community colleges are now increasingly emphasizing noncredit workforce…
Descriptors: Credits, Noncredit Courses, Best Practices, Community Colleges
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Daniels, Jey; Bowers, Lynn; Cook, Megan; D'Antonio, Mark; Foltz, Amber; McCombs, Carlita; Sound, John; VanCuren, Jenni – Inquiry, 2019
Most experienced educators recognize that many students will not complete optional assignments, and often those students who need additional help do not seek assistance. Current research demonstrates that students in underrepresented populations (see definition below) are less likely to seek support than others because they see needing help as a…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Minority Group Students, Disproportionate Representation
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Page, Beth; Surrat, Jacob; Bond, Debbie; Jones, Mitzi; Meyer, Josh; Webster, Amy; Wright, Brian – Inquiry, 2019
This report investigates communication and data sharing between K-12 and community colleges to identify best practices. This wide-ranging topic encompassed many efforts that impact student recruitment, retention and success in their postsecondary education. To prioritize the most pressing issues, this report focuses on recent system-wide findings…
Descriptors: Interschool Communication, Information Transfer, Data, Educational Cooperation
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Burge-Hall, Valerie; Garrison, Latoya; Giles-Brown, Leigh; Lepore, Dan; McNall, Melanie; Pauly, Christine; Quinn, Andrew; Vaughn Jordan, Lisa – Inquiry, 2019
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) administration identified the need for adequate and proactive advising programs to foster student success. This paper presents a review of "best practices" in advising to determine commonalities, provides a comparison with current VCCS advising practices, and offers recommendations that…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Administration, Best Practices, Academic Advising
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Barret, Mandy; Branson, Lisa; Carter, Sheryl; DeLeon, Frank; Ellis, Justin; Gundlach, Cirrus; Lee, Dale – Inquiry, 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is becoming the basis for business. Most businesses use it to improve the customer experience. The education community is just beginning to find ways to successfully implement AI for staff and students. Artificial Intelligence should be leveraged to create a better student experience. For example, Elon…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Technology Uses in Education, Higher Education, Educational Opportunities
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Chatman, Thomas; Dick, Dave; Ford, Paula; Henry, Pamela; Hobert, Kim; Keller, Miles; Riley, Kevin; Tidwell, Christina; Wright, Roberta – Inquiry, 2019
Over the last three years, 724,116 online courses were attempted within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). From these attempts, 206,533 resulted in a grade of D or F or a withdrawal, accounting for 29% of all attempted online courses (Virginia Community College System, 2015). This does not account for the students who may have dropped…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Community Colleges, Learning Readiness, Access to Education
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Munday, Nicole; Angel, Rachel; Anik, Mahzar; Clay, Sylvia; Justice, Lorraine; Maea, Cheri; McKinley, Gena; Merrill, Tim; Rosenthal, Aaron – Inquiry, 2019
In 2013, Chancellor DuBois convened a Task Force on Diversity with the aim of making the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) a model for diversity by "increasing the demographic diversity of the VCCS so that teaching faculty and leaders look more like the communities we serve" (Chancellors Diversity Task Force, 2014, p. 3). The hard…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, College Administration, Administrators
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Howell, David; Serignese, Maryanne; Anderson, Shawn; Dodson, Rachel; McDowell, Joshua; Miller, Jesse; Newcomer, Dana; Sanders, Regina; Shehan, Brooklyn – Inquiry, 2019
12.5 million secondary and postsecondary students are currently enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the United States ("Career," 2019). CTE programs provide students with the academic skills, technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Educational Benefits, Competency Based Education, Community Colleges
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Smith, Patrick K. – Inquiry, 2018
Contemporary concerns for college programs focus on the ability of the program to prepare students to become employable upon graduation. For a community college psychology program, that focus is somewhat muted by the fact that many of the community college graduates will transfer to four-year state universities. For this reason, it is imperative…
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Best Practices, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Gregory, Kristen H.; Colclough, Monique – Inquiry, 2018
Approximately a quarter of community college students are entering college-level courses underprepared for the literacy and critical thinking skills required to be successful in discipline courses (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2013). Discipline faculty are considered experts in their content area and are often not trained in…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Teacher Role, Literacy
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Colclough, Monique N. – Inquiry, 2018
Higher education literature advises that college students who have autism spectrum disorders overwhelmingly attend community colleges. However the persistence and retention of college students who have autism spectrum disorders is not well documented. Absent among the existing literature are first-person narratives of college students who have…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Diversity, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Pledger, Carrie – Inquiry, 2016
As a disciplinary program, dance falls between the arts and physical education. As a result, it can often be overlooked or sidelined by either program, to the determent of its great value for community college students. Dance and its attention to movement, mental focus, and physical control provide important neurological benefits that affect both…
Descriptors: Dance Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Physical Health
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Hauser, Lynette – Inquiry, 2016
Community colleges, including those in Virginia, continue to increase online course offerings in an effort to provide access and cost effective education to a growing student population. With increased student demand for online learning, community colleges should explore further the possibility of offering more science courses online. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Teaching Methods, Biology
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