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He, Yuemin – Inquiry, 2020
Reacting directly to the fact that even the best syllabus is worthless to the student who does not read it, this essay draws inspiration from research of the past decade, especially from the learning-focused syllabus concept that was introduced by three researchers at the University of Virginia, and uses a questionnaire to gauge our community…
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Descriptions, Community Colleges, Student Needs
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Tedrow, Mary K. – Inquiry, 2020
The initial composition course in the community college has the potential to be a transformative space for the identity formation of adult learners towards the linguistic signifier of "scholar." Freshman students of variable ages enter a new culture which demands the negotiation of an alternative academic language, an adaptation to the…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Freshman Composition, Community Colleges, Self Concept
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Evans, Rebecca; Stansberry, Don; Bullington, Kim E.; Burnett, Dana – Inquiry, 2020
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to investigate first-generation students' perceptions of how their lived experiences have impacted their academic and nonacademic success. We utilized focus groups consisting of first-generation students who attended a rural community college and a large, public, metropolitan, research university, and…
Descriptors: Student Experience, First Generation College Students, Academic Achievement, Research Universities
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Beamer, Zachary – Inquiry, 2020
In Fall 2020, the VCCS [Virginia Community College System] will begin implementing the Direct Enrollment Pilot, building upon lessons learned in prior reforms and successes of reforms in other states. In the new corequisite model of developmental education, students at the margins of college preparation are placed directly into the college…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Remedial Mathematics, Enrollment, Student Placement
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Helmandollar, Matthew Seth – Inquiry, 2020
As a success coach, it can be challenging in identifying and referring students to the resources that can aid, and that can assist with each student's success during their first year. It is vital to use modern technological resources that are available at no additional cost to institutions, and which students are currently using, to aid in…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Stange, Melissa – Inquiry, 2020
This paper will discuss why technical skills alone will not be enough for students to have successful careers in the digital age. Much of their success will hinge on critical soft skills, such as adaptability, inner strength, holistic thinking, and a collaborative spirit. Examples will be provided for inclusion with a computer science program, but…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, 21st Century Skills, Computer Science Education, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Platts, Todd K.; Hoosier, Kim – Inquiry, 2020
This brief pedagogical essay, focusing on social science classrooms, provides fellow instructors with practical strategies and advice in reducing the presence of stereotype threat in their classrooms. Techniques of task reframing, practices of positive affirmation, the providing of constructive criticism, the incorporation of marginalized groups…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Teaching Methods, Social Justice, Stereotypes
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Waycaster, Pansy – Inquiry, 2019
Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) implemented MTH 155 -- Statistical Reasoning Co-Requisite -- in the spring semester of 2018. MTH 155 replaced MTH 146 on VHCC's campus. Prerequisites for this course are the first five developmental MTE modules. The intended co-requisite audience for this new course consists of students having…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Mathematics, Remedial Mathematics, Required Courses
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Hodges, Richard A. – Inquiry, 2019
The 1954 rulings in the United States Supreme Court cases of "Brown v Board of Education" was a landmark event in civil rights history. As momentous as the rulings were, they were not embraced by many Southern politicians. This was especially true in Virginia where Harry F. Byrd, Sr., U. S. Senator from Virginia, embarked on a campaign…
Descriptors: Desegregation Litigation, School Desegregation, Civil Rights, United States History
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Parker, Patricia – Inquiry, 2019
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) embarked on a comprehensive mathematics pathways project in October 2015 with a move from design to implementation in spring 2017. The VCCS Mathematics Pathways Project (VMPP) aimed not only to develop strategies to improve retention and completion, but also to address foundational barriers to students'…
Descriptors: Statewide Planning, Change Strategies, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
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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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