Community Colleges

President

Ventura County Community College District
Ventura, Calif.

Innovation Summit 2013

League for Innovation in the Community College
June 9-12, 2013
Chandler, Ariz.

Building a Bridge to Economic Independence

As Massachusetts focuses on its community college system to create a stronger skilled workforce, there are measures we can undertake to help people better utilize education as a pathway into stable careers.

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Community Colleges Need to Return to Their Mission

Over the past six years, enrollment at Lone Star College has increased by 89 percent. Unfortunately the faculty has only increased by 11 percent, which has made the student-to-faculty ratio shift from 17:1 in 2006 to 29:1 in 2012. Furthermore, between 2006 and 2012, spending directly related to student instruction decreased from 27 percent of total spending to 16 percent.

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Adaptability to Online Learning Across Types of Students, Subjects

Using a dataset containing nearly 500,000 courses taken by over 40,000 community and technical college students in Washington state, this study examines how well students adapt to the online environment in terms of their ability to persist and earn strong grades in online courses relative to their ability to do so in face-to-face courses.

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Community College Contributions

America’s community colleges are the brokers of opportunity for a stronger middle class and more prosperous nation. Belfield and Bailey (2012) reviewed 20 studies on the earnings effects of a community college, concluding, “[T]his review affirms that there are strong positive earnings gains from community college attendance and completion, as well as progression to a 4-year college” (p. 60).

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Louisiana Considering New Community College

Creation of a community college in Livingston Parish would meet a major need in one of the fastest-growing areas of the state, officials said. As new medical centers, industries, and businesses open in the parish, demand increases for people with college and vocational training. “We think the time is right,” said Sen. Dale Erdey, R-Livingston. “We’ve got a good shot at this.”

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Building Bridges of Understanding Conference

Henry Ford Community College
Dearborne, Mich.
April 5-6, 2013

Salt Lake Community College Offering Degree in Homeland security

Homeland security isn’t just a color-coded risk chart at a press conference in Washington, D.C. It's now a new associate’s degree program in Homeland Security/Emergency Management. Set to begin in the fall, it’s the only program of its kind in the Intermountain West aside from a graduate degree offered in Las Vegas.

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