Community Colleges

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Community College Enrollment Decline Continues in California

California is renowned for its community college system, but its budget, along with other forms of education, has been reduced significantly. The difference for community college is that cuts have led to a steady decline in enrollment, limiting access to higher education.

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Continuing Education and Industrial Center at Randolph Community College

A 46,000-square-foot abandoned furniture warehouse has been given new life as the continuing education and industrial center at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C.

Challenge

As with many community colleges, Randolph was in need of expansion due to large enrollment growth. Overflowing parking lots as well as classrooms in the machining program at the school led to an overhaul of the old Klaussner Furniture warehouse, located adjacent to the campus’ Health & Science Center and to Randolph Early College High School.

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Future Presidents Institute

June 23–28, 2013

Baltimore, Md.

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President

Dawson Community College

Glendive, Mont.

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Assistant Vice Chancellor for Employee Services

Pima Community College

Tucson, Ariz.

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President

Ventura County Community College District

Ventura, Calif.

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Innovation Summit 2013

League for Innovation in the Community College

June 9-12, 2013

Chandler, Ariz.

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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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