Community Colleges

Floor Plans

Using scheduling technology—and practical policy—to accommodate higher enrollments

A hallmark of community colleges is being nimble enough in their class offerings to respond quickly to the changing needs of their students. Additional faculty can be hired to teach the new courses, but classroom space is often a fixed resource that isn’t so easily added. “We would not turn down a new classroom building,” says Tony Honeycutt, provost of Somerset Community College (Ky.) with a laugh, “but we can meet our needs for classroom space through better scheduling.”

On the Move

Mel Shiavelli has been named executive vice president at Northern Virginia Community College. The former president and CEO of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (Pa.) since 2002 and a charter member of the Manufacturing Institute’s Education Council, Shiavelli started in his new role July 1.

Transfer Talk

Recognizing that IT students at two-year Lake Land College (Ill.) had no nearby transfer option, officials partnered with Eastern Illinois University to allow for transfer of credits toward a four-year degree in Management Information Systems.

Still Centered (After All These Years)

A hallmark of community colleges is that they are actually in the communities they serve, close to where their students live and work. But sometimes they aren’t in enough places at once.

Ten years ago, the presidents of Prince George’s Community College and Howard Community College realized that neither of their institutions reached the Maryland town of Laurel.

Grading States

Report reveals low completion rates at two-year colleges

Here’s some seemingly daunting news for community colleges: South Dakota is the only state with a two-year college completion rate over 40 percent. That stat is from a new report released by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. North Dakota comes in second for two-year college completion rates, with 38 percent.

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Oklahoma Business Leaders Support College Completion Agenda

Higher education and business leaders agree that Oklahoma needs more college graduates to keep up with industry demands. But others argue the need to ramp up the state's graduation rates may be overblown.

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Kean University's Troubles Cast Doubt Over Future With OCC

Though Kean University has been placed on academic probation and could lose its standing as an accredited four-year school in just one year, Ocean County College President Jon H. Larson was optimistic Thursday.

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Utah’s Weber State University Planning Small Hooper Campus

President envisions a community college-like center near Legacy Highway.

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S.F. City College Trustees Try To Calm Fears

A long, bright future is ahead for City College of San Francisco, but it's going to take a lot of hard work to get there.

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