A “willingness to take significant risks to advance student success” is a quality often overlooked by hiring boards in the search for community college leaders, says Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence program.
Many community college students take much longer than the intended two years to complete their studies, or don’t ever wind up graduating at all. Traditionally, administrators focused on accommodating those who may have credits but little direction.
Now, at some schools, greater attention is being placed on helping incoming freshmen not just enroll but also start off their college careers on a positive note. The idea is that they will stay and finish within two years.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:43pm
Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon in October. Clinton, the 42nd president and founder of the Clinton Foundation, joins a stellar roster of high-profile speakers who have appeared at the luncheon since it began in 1992.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:36pm
One can scarcely open a newspaper, surf the web, or watch a news program these days without encountering this question: Is college worth it? Instead of merely entering the debate, we need to reframe the question: Is a community college education worth it?
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:30pm
Four women and four men make up NASA's latest astronaut class. Unfortunately, this gender parity remains elusive in most STEM workplaces. Women make up nearly 50 percent of the wider workforce, yet hold fewer than 25 percent of all jobs in STEM fields.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:07pm
In June, nearly 1,000 attendees learned how technology is changing the landscape of higher ed. Now, through on-demand video, access the 134 keynote presentations, breakout and featured sessions, pre-conference events, and exhibit hall floor conversations. Topics cover all areas of tech-related higher ed administration, including marketing, teaching and learning, finance, facilities, and campus networks.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:42pm
We've all seen what can happen to a higher ed institution when a weather-related disaster strikes. The American Association of Community Colleges is helping all community colleges become more prepared for anything that comes their way with a web page of crisis planning and management resources.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:20pm
At a gathering of dignitaries and community members late Tuesday morning, Danville Area Community College (Ill.) philanthropist Julius W. Hegeler II was recognized for making the single largest gift in the history of the college.