Community Colleges

Radical Reformer

A new book offers provocative ideas on how to change higher education.

ROBERT ZEMSKY WANTS TO MAKE UP for a missed opportunity. Zemsky, chairman of the Learning Alliance for Higher Education, based at the University of Pennsylvania, was called to serve as a member of the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education during the Bush administration and to participate in the national dialogue on finding solutions to higher education’s most vexing problems.

Funding for Community Colleges

Speculating on the American Graduation Initiative

The Indiana Center for Applied Technology, focuses on manufacturing and provides career services through a state WorkOne office.

Tired of refund checks 'lost in the mail," an Iowa college goes all-electronic

Des Moines Area Community College brings Higher One's OneDisburse "Refund Management' to its 27,000 students

When it came time to mail financial aid refund checks at Des Moines Area Community College each semester, officials always worried about how many of those checks the post office would return as undeliverable. With nearly 27,000 students attending more than 3,000 classes on six campuses, it was inevitable that many of those students would have forgotten to inform the school of a new address.

Securing the Community College

Strategies for managing security issues at two-year institutions

THE DANGERS PEOPLE MIGHT encounter on a college campus are the same as those on a city street. Since there is no way to know when a security incident might occur (unless, say, someone calls in a bomb threat), campus leaders are relying on proper training to enable their security personnel to predict such incidents and respond appropriately.

While security personnel at community colleges deal with the same challenges faced by their counterparts at four-year institutions, there are some twists presented by the more fluid nature of the population at two-year institutions.

Speedy refunds are pleasing staff and students at a community college in Arizona

With Higher One?s OneDisburse? Refund Management? system, 96 percent of Mohave Community College students receive electronic refunds
 

Located in northwest Arizona, Mohave Community College has four campuses in a county that spans almost 14,000 square miles. To get from the centrally located business office on the Kingman campus to the North Mohave campus requires traveling around the Grand Canyon.

One-Stop Tutoring Shop

Colleges make it easier for students by co-locating tutoring services.
 

IT IS A WELL-KNOWN FACT: Tutoring helps students perform better. The trick is getting them to use it. In keeping with the cyclical nature of trends, community colleges are rediscovering the advantages of student success centers, which consolidate math, writing, and language help in one place.

Getting the SENSE of Students

New survey addresses crucial first weeks
 

Community college leaders already know to expect some students will drop out in the first few weeks of the semester. The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) can help them figure out why.

Remedial Nation

As two- and four-year colleges face an onslaught of unprepared students, they are turning to new strategies.
 

Targeting Transfers

Community colleges, universities, and states working together to improve the transfer process

LONG A STEPPING STONE TO higher education for low-income and first-generation students, community colleges will become more important to a wider variety of students if the combination of a weakening economy and increasing tuition continues.

School Superintendents and Community College Presidents a Great Marriage

Collaboration benefits students and the workforce
 

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