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The Completion Agenda: A National Imperative for the Community College

Webinar:
The Completion Agenda: A National Imperative for the Community College

A webinar cosponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College and the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Walden University

Date:
October 26, 2011
4 – 5 PM (EST)

Webinar Overview: This webinar will provide the context and define the need for the Completion Agenda. Higher Education/community college educators will learn the goals of the completion agenda as well as the framework for success based on the concept of the student success pathway. We will discuss how these efforts are being funded and propelled into the national spotlight by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, President Obama, and the League for Innovation. Lastly, we will review real world examples of the challenges and opportunities of implementing these initiatives by Sinclair Community College.

Presenters:
Terry O’Banion
President Emeritus, League for Innovation in the Community College & Senior Advisor, Higher Education Programs, Walden University

Gerardo E. de los Santos
President and CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College

Steven Johnson
President, Sinclair Community College (OH)

Background:
This webinar on the Completion Agenda will introduce community college educators to the goals of the completion agenda and will provide a framework for completion focused on the concept of the student success pathway. Examples of how the success pathway works will feature Sinclair Community College, one of the four national projects in the Completion by Design initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The challenge is clear: Create student success pathways that can, in the next two decades, double the number of students who complete a certificate or an Associate’s degree, or who transfer to earn a Bachelor’s degree that has marketplace value and ensure that these pathways work for the large number of students who are underprepared, from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and first-generation college students.

Never in the history of the community college movement has an idea so galvanized stakeholders—from the White House to the state house. Community colleges are the right institutions to take on the task of completion; they have the right philosophy, the right programs, the right students, and they are strategically located in the right places.

The need for an educated society has never been more important but is often challenged by sharply declining financial resources. The notion that community colleges can play a significant role in doubling the number of college completers is championed by the nation’s community college leaders as well as by such key groups as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education, who have shown their overwhelming financial support.

 

Click here to register for this free webinar.

Posted by The League for Innovation in the Community College on 08/31/2011 at 3:01 PM | Categories: Partners & Friends -