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McKay, Heather A.; Edwards, Renée; Douglas, Daniel – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
This article examines how states and community colleges can streamline the transfer process through an innovative national program known as Interstate Passport. The program enables block transfer of lower-division general education attainment based on a set of learning outcomes rather than on individual courses and credits. The article shows how…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Interstate Programs, College Transfer Students
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Mayfield, Andrea; White, Carol Cutler; Downs, Tom; Erlandson, Dawn – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
Community colleges serve the largest percentage of under-represented, under-prepared, and under-resourced students yet they are often underfunded in state budgets. This article demonstrates challenges and opportunities for community college leaders in state and federal political advocacy from the perspective of a community college state system…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Barriers, Advocacy
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Baime, David – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
This chapter describes and documents anticipated areas of federal community college advocacy. Changes in Congressional behavior are described with specific illustrations of federal legislation, specifically the Higher Education Act. Discussion on the role of the college president and CEO in advocacy focuses on the role of the president and the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Advocacy, Federal Government, Federal Legislation
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Jenkins, Davis; Lahr, Hana; Fink, John – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
In this article, researchers from the Community College Research Center reflect on what they have learned from their study of Guided Pathways reforms at over 100 colleges nationally since the publication in 2015 of "Redesigning America's Community Colleges." They examine five areas of practice: (1) program design; (2) new student…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Program Design, School Orientation
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Godin, Eric; Bishop, Brandon – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
Higher education governance of community colleges is understudied. Driving an increased focus on community college coordination and oversight at the state level are the role of access from dual enrollment to adult learners, the need to smooth the transfer function of community colleges, jobs requiring educational attainment beyond high school, and…
Descriptors: Coordination, State Programs, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Wright-Kim, Jeremy – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
Since their initial development in the early 1900s, and their rapid growth in the 1960s, community colleges have had a history of shifting focuses and programming, retooling academic offerings, and otherwise altering their behavior to meet the ever-changing needs of their communities. Despite this defining characteristic as a sector of change, not…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Bachelors Degrees, Misconceptions, Access to Education
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Robinson, Steve – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
This article tells the story of the #EndCCStigma social media campaign and podcast. Created by a community college president, this grassroots effort to elevate the public perception of community colleges is comprised of a Twitter hashtag, a news aggregation algorithm, and a podcast series. In addition to delving into the concept of…
Descriptors: Social Media, Audio Equipment, Information Dissemination, Community Colleges
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Raby, Rosalind Latiner – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
In the 1947 Truman Commission, Zook noted a validation of international education for US community colleges and specified two recommendations for the internationalization of US community colleges. The first recommendation was to embrace internationalization in the curriculum, and the second was to create an educational context in which students…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, International Education, Educational Practices, College Administration
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Atwell, Adam; Ecton, Walter; Klein, Sabrina; D'Amico, Mark M.; Sublett, Cameron – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
A new wave of federal legislation is drastically affecting how community colleges create and deliver programs in career and technical education (CTE). A key focus area shared by these federal policy changes is program-to-labor market alignment in which community colleges must utilize local labor market data to tailor their CTE programs to meet the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Vocational Education, Federal Legislation, Alignment (Education)
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Lee, Jungmin; Fernandez, Frank; Ro, Hyun Kyoung – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
The article describes enrollment, retention, and institutional expenditures on instruction, academic support, and student services at community colleges in Tennessee and Oregon after these states implemented Promise scholarship programs. This article highlights that college attendance and choice among recent high school graduates changed after the…
Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Expenditures
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White, Carol Cutler – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
Community colleges are essential to meet state educational attainment goals, yet the colleges are largely underfunded to serve underprepared students entering through the open door of access. As resource-dependent institutions, community colleges need to engage in the politics of higher education through advocacy. This chapter presents results…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Advocacy, Politics of Education, Governance
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González Canché, Manuel S. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
Public 2-year colleges were designed to serve students coming primarily from their local communities, hence explaining their "community college" title. This study focuses on an understudied factor capable of altering the local workforce impact of community colleges while also potentially strengthening their 4-year steppingstone function:…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Transfer Policy, Articulation (Education), Intercollegiate Cooperation
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Cutler White, Carol – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
Since the 1947 Truman Commission's recommendation to establish local colleges in communities, the multiple mission community colleges have provided access and affordable education for millions. In the early years of the new millennium, community colleges garnered increased attention as engines of credential completion as the need for a college…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Community Colleges, Educational History, Higher Education
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Patel, Hezal; Brosnan, Marianne J. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
The authors examine trends in how successful guided pathways colleges communicate transfer options to 4-year institutions via their institutional websites so that students--the ultimate benefactors of guided pathways initiatives--can discover and pursue the transfer partnership pathways. Institutions in the two states included in this review were…
Descriptors: Web Sites, College Transfer Students, Information Dissemination, Content Analysis
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Salomon-Fernández, Yves – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2022
This article explores shared governance in advancing access, completion, and transfer. Shared governance is a critical vehicle for consultation and collective decision-making in higher education. It is the structure and process through which priorities are set and decisions are made in academic institutions. The demographic cliff facing higher…
Descriptors: Governance, Participative Decision Making, Higher Education, College Admission
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