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Tags: Organizational CultureMarch 2023Seattle Colleges is comprised of three independently accredited institutions—North Seattle...
Tags: DiversityMarch 2023Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) “not only addresses student achievement but also helps...
Tags: AccessMarch 2023Much like online learning, the concept of course sharing is not new; for decades, college students...
Tags: AccessFebruary 2023Not every innovation requires a seismic shift in thinking. In some cases, innovation arises from a...
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Dallas College’s State-of-the-Art Construction Sciences Building Set to Fill In-Demand Skilled Trades PositionsAugust 2021
Ground broke on Dallas College’s state-of-the-art Construction Sciences Building in 2019, and the need for the new training facility could not be more urgent. Before the design for the new building began, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (2019) had already predicted a shortage of one million craft professionals in the construction industry by 2023. In Dallas, the shortage is critical. From August 2018 to August 2019 alone, the Dallas-Plano-Irving area added 12,400 construction jobs and labor shortages have become a major contributor to rapidly rising new home costs...
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...
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). Students...
Educational institutions feel the imperative to improve retention and graduation rates, and political and corporate interests have amplified the focus on institutional success. The general consensus among policy-makers holds that an indicator of institutional effectiveness is student learning (Erisman, 2009). Fifty-five percent of the nation's 25- to 35-year olds will be degree holders by the year 2025. It is an ambitious challenge and a necessary aspiration to elevate America's status as a world leader in educational attainment among its citizenry. And it is a compelling goal as the global...
Austin Community College District: The Liberal Arts Gateway Program - Driving Student Success Through Faculty Empowerment
To revitalize the teaching of liberal arts and humanities and improve outcomes in gateway courses, motivated faculty and the Liberal Arts and Humanities Division Dean at Austin Community College formed the Liberal Arts Gateway (LAG)—an incubator for curricular innovation that increased student engagement and retention. Starting with seven faculty in spring 2020, the program now includes almost 50 faculty and offers over 75 sections of redesigned gateway courses in four disciplines. Early data reveal that LAG courses, specifically in the formative Composition I course, outpace traditional...
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) “not only addresses student achievement but also helps students to accept and affirm their cultural identity” (Ladson-Billings, 1995, p. 469). The idea of inviting culture into a class and intentionally weaving it through the curricula has a profound impact on students. Although research demonstrates its effectiveness as a noted best practice, many faculty are hesitant to implement CRP and practice. We knew this when we started creating the first CRP training for our faculty, and resistance was swift, with such comments as, “Culture doesn’t have a place in...