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Torres, Vasti; Hagedorn, Linda Serra; Heacock, Laurie T. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter will demonstrate how Achieving the Dream, a nonprofit leader of a national reform network of community colleges and open-access universities, uses assessment to guide institutions toward a culture of evidence, equity and continuous improvement to improve student success.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Networks, Educational Change, Educational Assessment
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Rios-Aguilar, Cecilia; Wells, Ryan; Bills, David; Lopez, Diana D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter urges researchers to use a "spatial lens" to identify mismatches between educational offerings and the local labor market for middle-skill careers. Students who are unlikely to relocate for a job will benefit from occupational credentials aligned with geographically local and available careers. The proposed spatial research…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Labor Market, Job Skills, Career Choice
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González Canché, Manuel S. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
The prevalence and emergence of college promise programs presents interesting and important methodological challenges. Based on their immediate access to de-identified data of applicants and enrollees, institutional researchers are in a privileged position to rigorously assess the effect of these programs in a myriad of outcomes. This study is a…
Descriptors: Program Development, Access to Education, College Students, Institutional Evaluation
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Wang, Xueli; Wickersham, Kelly – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
Two-year colleges are an increasingly used but understudied pathway to STEM degrees for women from historically underserved backgrounds. This chapter discusses the community college promise in solving the gender gap in STEM attainment, as well as related research findings and directions.
Descriptors: Females, Community Colleges, STEM Education, Educational Attainment
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Thirolf, Kathryn Q.; Woods, Rebekah S. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
A wide majority--nearly 70%--of faculty at community colleges teach part-time. If community colleges are serious about focusing more on supporting the success of their students, they must focus more on engaging and supporting their part-time faculty.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Part Time Faculty, School Support, Teacher Role
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Dee, Jay R.; Heineman, William A. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
This chapter provides a conceptual model that academic leaders can use to navigate the complex, and often contentious, organizational terrain of academic program development. The model includes concepts related to the institution's external environment, as well as internal organizational structures, cultures, and politics. Drawing from the…
Descriptors: Academic Degrees, College Programs, Program Development, Context Effect
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Hagedorn, Linda Serra; Kuznetsova, Inna – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
Community colleges have been challenged to increase their graduation, transfer, and general success rates. Because they serve the largest proportion of nontraditional students and students of color, their participation in programs to enhance the number of college graduates contributes to social equity and justice. One of the biggest obstacles has…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Graduates, Developmental Programs, Academic Achievement
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Guthrie, Lou A. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
Postgraduation outcomes for community college students are complex. In addition to traditional job placement and earnings information, transferring to a 4-year institution is a positive first-destination outcome. Furthermore, community college students may have education and career goals that do not include earning a degree. Community college…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Success, Case Studies
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Wood, J. Luke; Urias, Marissa Vasquez; Harris, Frank, III – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
This chapter describes the establishment of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), a research and practice center at San Diego State University. M2C3 partners with community colleges across the United States to enhance access, achievement, and success among men of color. This chapter begins with a description of the national…
Descriptors: Research and Development Centers, Community Colleges, Minority Group Students, Males
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Urias, Marissa Vasquez; Falcon, Vannessa; Harris, Frank, III; Wood, J. Luke – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
With the use of a narrative approach to inquiry, this chapter seeks to reframe deficit-oriented research on men of color, which often focuses on patterns of failure and underachievement, by exploring the pathways of community college men of color who successfully transferred to 4-year institutions.
Descriptors: Males, Minority Group Students, Community Colleges, College Transfer Students
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Zhang, Yi Leaf – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
This chapter focuses on a unique transfer population, international transfer students, and depicts their demographic backgrounds, academic interests and performance, as well as enrollment trends in the past decade.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Research Universities
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Bath, Sandra Fulton – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2015
Pulling together work on the DQP and Tuning, the author presents four possible frameworks to view engagement with the DQP using the case of transfer and faculty development as examples along with four potential dilemmas IR offices may face when undertaking work with the DQP.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Faculty Development, Educational Research
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González Canché, Manuel S.; Rios-Aguilar, Cecilia – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2014
This chapter discusses the importance of conducting critical social network analysis (CSNA) in higher education. To illustrate the benefits of CSNA, the authors use existing institutional data to examine peer effects in community colleges. The chapter ends with a discussion of the implications of using a CSNA approach to measure inequities in…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Higher Education, Educational Benefits
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Rios-Aguilar, Cecilia – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2014
This chapter presents various definitions of big data and examines some of the assumptions regarding the value and power of big data, especially as it relates to issues of equity in community colleges. Finally, this chapter ends with a discussion of the opportunities and challenges of using big data, critically, for institutional researchers.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Data, Definitions, Equal Education
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Bers, Trudy; Younger, Donna – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2014
This chapter will examine characteristics of first-year experience programs in community colleges, with specific attention to the extant research about their effectiveness, the ways in which research and program delivery can be integrated, and the unique challenges of delivering FYE programs and conducting research about them in community colleges.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Freshmen, Student Experience, College Programs
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