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Transfer trailblazers in higher ed

02/2017
IT TAKES A VILLAGE—Smith College works with community colleges across the country to provide four-year degree opportunities for nontraditional women students.

Kate Wing, a senior at Smith College, will soon join the 14 percent. That is, the 14 percent of students who started their postsecondary education in a community college, then transferred to a four-year school and earned a bachelor’s degree within six years of entry.

“In general the pathways to transfer are not clear, and universities and colleges don’t often do much about it, but that is changing,” says Davis Jenkins, senior research associate at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University.

Jenkins unveiled the 14 percent statistic in his 2016 report, “Tracking Transfer: New Measures of Institutional and State Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students Attain Bachelor’s Degrees.”

From UB

Succession-planning resources for colleges

March, 2017

A list of companies, organizations, corporations, firms, associate groups, nonprofits and services that can help colleges and universities plan for a new president.

Transitions for new higher ed executive staff

March, 2017

Transitions in senior academic and administrative staff can have nearly as much impact as a new president.

Three higher ed institutions undergo construction projects

March, 2017
The Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence is a $40 million higher ed complex that's scheduled to be completed by July 2018 at Florida Atlantic University.

The newest addition to the Boca Raton campus is a 96,000-square-foot state-of-the-art football practice facility and academic space.

College transfer partnership supports STEM-proficient workforce

March, 2017

The STEM workforce was about 8.6 million in 2015, and is projected to grow to more than 9 million by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Shuttered islands: Showing a college campus when buildings have closed

March, 2017
If colleges choose to simply shutter older structures and let them sit unoccupied, it's important to remember that honesty is the best policy during campus tours, says David Hawkins, executive director for educational content and policy for the National Association for College Admission Counseling. (GettyImages.com: FozzyB)

The combination of the campus expansion boom of the past decade and the recent flattening of enrollment rates continues to create a significant backlog of deferred maintenance at many institutions, says report.

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3/9/2017

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3/7/2017

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2/23/2017

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2/21/2017

At the University of Trinidad and Tobago, recording lectures was once a cumbersome technology dance. From loaner cameras and SD cards to burning and distributing DVDs, the process was disconnected from the teaching and learning objectives and produced no measurable results.

The university aligned its efforts by transitioning to an active flipped classroom.

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2/16/2017

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