Every student who graduated from Jackson State Community College’s nursing program in 2017 passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) on his or her first attempt, an achievement that earned praise from the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
The NCLEX is a nationwide exam for nursing school graduates to obtain a license, which allows them to practice. It is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Sherry Richardson, nurse consultant with the Tennessee Board of Nursing, wrote a letter to Jackson State after students achieved the 100 percent pass rate, saying, “...
Graduating high school students across the nation are faced with deciding whether to continue their education or enter the workforce. Many seek higher education in order to improve career opportunities and gain economic prosperity and social mobility (Blackwell & Pinder, 2014). The College Board claims that the average annual income for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree is $53,976. The unemployment rate among these graduates is 4.7 percent, which is lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.7 percent (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). While these statistics look promising, the...
According to a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (Skorton & Bear, 2018), "educational programs that mutually integrate learning experiences in the humanities and arts with science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) lead to improved educational and career outcomes” (p. 2). With a focus on such outcomes, it's time for community colleges to thoughtfully and intentionally weave the sciences, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) into students' learning experiences. An integrated STEAM curriculum fosters key skills which...
The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize the work of every community college professional and usher in an era of change, uncertainty, and innovation. Over the next five years, recruiting, advising, teaching, counseling, and tutoring may all be drastically different compared to today’s traditional approaches. AI is currently being used in higher education in a variety of ways, including assessment, predictive analytics, virtual assistants, intelligent and personalized tutoring systems, and student learning management (Crompton & Burke, 2023), but...
Students of color, males in particular, face significant challenges in higher education. African American male students, on average, are less successful than other racial/ethnic groups, including African American women. Compared to Asian/Pacific Islander or White/Non-Hispanic students, they are less likely to succeed in both developmental and college-level coursework and are more likely to drop out. Latino students are the least likely of all racial/ethnic groups to transfer. African American students and Latino males have the lowest persistence rates (Elgin Community College, 2010).
Moraine Valley Community College wanted to do more than talk about its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), so it found a way for faculty and staff to actively embrace the trio of core values by creating the Equity Academy. Academy participants could engage as little or as much as they wanted, with some completing full research projects on DEI topics affecting the institution. The response to the academy and the research has been positive, resulting in improvements across the college.
In May 2021, Moraine Valley received a Catalyst Grant from the Partnership for College...