Making Good Use of the National Focus on Student Success and Completion

Two things posted last fall in Inside Higher Ed (week of 11/15/2015) caught my eye about college completion. The US Department of Education has submitted proposal language giving them the authority to force accrediting agencies from approving colleges where students are not completing at acceptable rates. At the same time, the National Student Clearinghouse is … More Making Good Use of the National Focus on Student Success and Completion

Providing Opportunities for Upward Mobility to Those Down the Totem Pole

“California dreaming” is a theme in American folklore. California’s Upward-Mobility Machine (David Leonhardt, The New York Times, Sept. 16, 2015), discussed how educational opportunities in the Golden State provide a catalyst for economic empowerment. “The big challenge for American higher education,” said the chancellor at the UC Irvine, “is that it has to be a … More Providing Opportunities for Upward Mobility to Those Down the Totem Pole

From Idea to Action: Building a Team for Student Success

Student Success is certainly on our collective mind these days. On community college campuses we have long been concerned about our students and working with them to achieve their goals. I expect that nearly all colleges have specific efforts underway, falling under the big category of Student Success. Faculty are definitely critical to the execution … More From Idea to Action: Building a Team for Student Success

The Habit of Research: Tips for Community College Educators

At the end of each workday, when American community college educators reflect on their day, it’s the little successes and setbacks that stand out. I got my papers graded before dinner? Cool! The student who flunked the last exam just turned in a great assignment? Awesome! The electricity went out just as I was presenting … More The Habit of Research: Tips for Community College Educators