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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
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
Contingent Faculty at Community Colleges: The Too-Often Overlooked and Under-Engaged Faculty Majority
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
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
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
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
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
Narratives of Success: A Retrospective Trajectory Analysis of Men of Color Who Successfully Transferred from the Community College
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
International Students in Transition: International Community College Transfer Students in a Texas Research University
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
Upward Transfer in STEM Fields of Study: A New Conceptual Framework and Survey Instrument for Institutional Research
Wang, Xueli – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
This chapter describes a new conceptual framework that informs research on factors influencing transfer in STEM fields of study from 2-year to 4-year institutions, presents a new survey instrument based on the framework, and offers directions for future research in this area.
Descriptors: STEM Education, College Transfer Students, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Taylor, Jason L. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
Reverse credit transfer policies and programs are proliferating, and this chapter examines their potential and considers ways to measure and collect data on reverse credit transfer.
Descriptors: Reverse Transfer Students, Transfer Policy, Measurement, Data Collection
Crisp, Gloria – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
This chapter describes student flow among a national cohort of students who transferred to and from institutions of varying selectivity.
Descriptors: Cohort Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Students
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
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
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