The politics of the past several years have taken a toll on the American public. Amidst the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, social injustice, and civil unrest, common courtesy seems like a distant memory. Empathy lets us see the world from other points of view and helps us form insights that can nurture more profound ways of thinking, being, and doing (Ventura, 2018). Empathy means understanding and sharing other’s feelings, connecting two core themes: respect and compassion. The future of higher education, like society at large, will require empathy, compassion, and a supportive...
Exit 7 off Interstate 24 in Paducah is significant to West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) for more than being the path taken from the highway to get to the campus; it's also the clever name of the college's new literary journal that launched its inaugural issue last spring.
Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art is an annual collection of poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and artwork that features established and emerging writers and artists from around the country. "It's important for our students to have access to quality, professional work to read and edit,"...
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).
Almost 20 years ago, Brent and Felder (2003) wrote that, “College teaching may be the only skilled vocation that neither requires prior training of its practitioners nor provides it to them on the job” (p. 236). Lacking this training, many faculty teach using the same pedagogical approaches that were used by their professors, which may or may not be effective (Eynon & Iuzine, 2020). In recent years, calls for improvements in faculty professional development, including prioritizing it in community college budgets, have come from such organizations as the League for Innovation in the...
Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Innovation of the Year Award recipients from 32 participating League Board and Alliance member colleges. The League initiated the Innovation of the Year award over thirty-five years ago to recognize local community college projects and initiatives that reflect the spirit of innovation and experimentation on which our organization was founded. The competition provides an opportunity for colleges to showcase their innovative programs, practices, policies, partnerships, and resources; to celebrate the dedicated educators who are responsible for such exceptional...