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Maxwell, Nan; Gallagher, Sean – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2020
This chapter introduces the drivers for change in the credentialing market that has arisen in the new era of work and learning. It analyzes the factors that are driving interest in shorter competency-based credentials, and identifies emerging trends that community colleges might consider when structuring their credentials.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, Credentials, Competency Based Education
Iverson, Ellen R.; Bragg, Debra D.; Eddy, Pamela L. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2020
This chapter describes research on a four-year National Science Foundation grant project that supported instructional, organizational, and professional change made by geoscience faculty change agents. The faculty change agents participated in sustained professional development, led regional workshops, and engaged in college-, program-, and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, College Faculty, Change Agents, Earth Science
Trent, Monica Parrish; Pollard, DeRionne P. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2019
Reform initiatives have challenged community college leaders to reconsider what is right and wrong while also challenging our organizational cultures, advancing a new understanding of our mission, and forcing us to reconsider how we engage in the work of educating a public that needs us now more than ever.
Descriptors: Ethics, Decision Making, Community Colleges, College Presidents
Manning, Terri Mulkins – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2018
This chapter examines how student success allows a college to recoup their funding loss from a costly reform effort in developmental math education.
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Change
Brathwaite, Jessica; Edgecombe, Nikki – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2018
This chapter discusses the importance of scrutinizing the outcomes of developmental education reforms across race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and level of developmental need.
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Change, Outcomes of Education, Race
Cox, Rebecca D. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2018
This chapter presents pedagogical challenges to reform in developmental education and observations of best practices gleaned from successful mathematics developmental education classrooms.
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Change, Best Practices
Brand, Elizabeth Cox – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2018
This chapter outlines the beginning of this important work in Oregon; describes how we are able to make such dramatic change across the state without being a system or having a mandate, progress to date, and future directions.
Descriptors: Models, Educational Attainment, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Change
Bertram Gallant, Tricia – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2018
This chapter describes the challenges contingent community-college faculty might face in implementing best-integrity practices in the classroom, and calls for community college leadership to make changes to better support faculty in their efforts to protect the academic integrity of their institutions.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Best Practices, Integrity
Shane, Mary Jo; Carson, Loredana; Edwards, Mark – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2018
This chapter discusses how a change model was used to create an updated academic integrity plan. A detailed account provides valuable information for any community college wanting to effectively implement such a plan.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Integrity, Community Colleges, Educational Change
Wilson, Kristin Bailey; Van Alebeek, Wouter – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2017
Since the end of apartheid, South African leaders have been working to transform all aspects of the racialized society into a nonracialized, nonsexist democratic state, including postsecondary education. This chapter examines the changing South African collegiate context focusing on access, persistence, affordability, accreditation, transfer, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Community Colleges, Context Effect
National Shifts in Adult Basic Education: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Ability to Benefit, and High School Equivalency Tests
Davidson, J. Cody – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2017
An important aspect of the community college mission is to educate working adults including those without a high school diploma or its equivalent. Three important changes are forcing community colleges to reevaluate how these services and activities are delivered as well as policies that govern this critical work. These shifts provide a new…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Federal Legislation, Labor Legislation, Labor Force Development
Garza Mitchell, Regina L.; Sawyer, James O., IV – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2017
In this chapter, we discuss how the workforce development mission has evolved over the past 10 years, how the mission plays out at community colleges today, what it may look like in the future, and questions that need to be considered.
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Educational Change, Community Colleges, Educational Trends
Theis, John J. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2016
This chapter describes the uncomfortable marriage between political science and civic education and calls for a reformulation of how we engage students in the wicked problems of democracy.
Descriptors: Political Science, Citizen Participation, Democracy, Citizenship Education
Using Hybridization and Specialization to Enhance the First-Year Experience in Community Colleges: A National Picture of High-Impact Practices in First-Year Seminars
Young, Dallin George; Keup, Jennifer R. – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2016
This chapter draws from national data to explore unique attributes of first-year seminars in community college contexts as well as high-impact practices that are often connected to them. Findings point to areas of opportunity for practice and directions for future research to better understand how community colleges can be poised to meet the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, Educational Practices
Brock, Thomas; Mayer, Alexander K.; Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2016
This chapter explores the role that research and evaluation play in supporting comprehensive reform in community colleges, focusing on lessons from two major initiatives: Achieving the Dream and Completion by Design.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Evaluation Utilization, Research Utilization