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Jeff Boudouris, Helen Grove, Steven Lee Johnson April 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 4
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Among the several higher education institutions in the 950,000-person Dayton, Ohio, metropolitan region, Sinclair Community College plays a major role in regional workforce planning and economic development. With 40,000 students from a multicounty region, Sinclair is a significant educational provider in health care, engineering, business, information technology, and the arts.
League for Innovation March 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 3
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Each year, the League for Innovation in the Community College (League) invites its member institutions to nominate two outstanding community college technology students for the Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards. The awards honor two deserving students with special talent in technology, strong financial need, and a passion for moving toward a career in technology. Named in honor of League President Emeritus and Senior League Fellow, Terry O'Banion, the award celebrates a Student Technology Champion and a Student Developer Champion.
Julie Wechsler February 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 2
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Participation in the Learning College Project required the implementation of widespread changes in institutional processes and structures, in the roles and responsibilities of faculty and staff, and in the use of resources. Transformation of such magnitude has not been the norm in community colleges, where change is often incremental or localized in individual departments or divisions. Organizational cultures commonly found in higher education institutions tend to value tradition and prefer the status quo over widespread change.
Ruby A. Rouse January 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 1
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Asked about education and skills needed for jobs in the emerging economy, workers and job seekers often don't see eye-to-eye with the employers who hire them. Disagreement about the demands of the employment marketplace points to a growing workforce perception gap: employers are from Mars, workers are from Venus. This perception gap is making a tough economy more difficult for workers and job seekers.
Misha A. Turner December 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 12
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Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) was accepted into AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) in April 2004. The college formed project action teams to work on specific projects, one of which was Embracing Diversity: Diversity, Recruitment, and Retention. This team was charged with exploring ways to improve the college's responsiveness to its changing community through implementation of a new recruitment and retention strategies, resulting in a comprehensive plan.
Laurie A. McAdams November 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 11
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Current statistics demonstrate high school dropout status is greater among minority, low-income families, and students enrolled in high school beyond the typical high school age. In this same manner, factors affecting postsecondary enrollment include ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and highest educational level achieved by parents.
Laurance J. Warford, Marsha VanNahmen October 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 10
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Community colleges are in the national spotlight today due to President Obama's agenda calling for a 50 percent increase in student completion rates at community colleges. Major educational foundations are embracing the completion agenda, with countless state and national initiatives mobilizing to advance the agenda nationwide. This spotlight on community colleges, while mostly positive, does present challenges that may underscore chronic concerns the community colleges share with employers and other segments of education across the country.
Edward J. Leach September 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 9
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Ever since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik and started the space race, American educators have worked to increase the academic achievement of students in this country's elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. In the 1980s, A Nation at Risk drew attention to the importance of education policies and led to national school reform efforts.
Elizabeth M. Zachry, Erin Coghlan, Rashida Welbeck July 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 7
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Imagine walking into the first day of your presidency at a renowned community college knowing that 60 percent of your freshman students have placed into one remedial course or more and are not yet ready for college-level work.(1) Imagine also that over 50 percent of your student body is expected to drop out before completing a degree or certificate program and that only 35 percent will attain a certificate or degree within six years.(2) Even more daunting, the enrollment at your college has risen 28 percent in the past 14 years and is projected to grow by another 13 percent in the next eigh
Joel Vargas, Jason Quiara June 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 6
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The Early College High School Initiative serves more than 46,000 students at 212 early colleges in 24 states. One-third of these schools are in North Carolina, where state officials have enacted policies that enable innovative school designs to provide underserved youth and first-generation college students with the opportunity and support to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and one to two years of transferable college credit--tuition free.
Allison Rhea May 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 5
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In 2007, a small number of innovators at Sinclair Community College were hand-picked for inclusion in a super-secret group that became known as the Skunk Squad. The name was a play on the theme of "Skunk-Works," a concept made famous by Lockheed Martin. Defined as "a group within an organization given a high degree of autonomy and unhampered by bureaucracy, tasked with working on advanced or secret projects," a Skunk-Works style organization on your campus is the perfect vehicle for innovation.
Wayne A. Brown April 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 4
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This article reports on the fifth iteration of a higher-education chief information officer (CIO) study conducted by The Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies (CHECS), Inc., and the first survey of a group known as technology leaders (TL). In organizational bureaucracy, technology leaders are often on the layer just beneath the CIO. The results of the surveys were examined in their totality and broken down to examine the similarities and differences between the two positions, CIO and TL, and the two-year college and other institution types.
Chip Heath, Dan Heath February 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 2
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Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict that's built into our brains, say Chip Heath and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems--the rational mind and the emotional mind--that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie.
Center for Mental Health in Schools, UCLA January 2010
Volume: 23 Issue: 1
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Recognition is growing about the public health and civil rights imperative for reducing the high rate of school dropouts. However, too little policy attention is paid to enhancing equity of opportunity for those transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood by increasing enrollment and success in postsecondary education.
Terry O'Banion, Laura Weidner December 2009
Volume: 22 Issue: 12
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It is well known that the community college itself is an innovation in higher education, an American social invention quite different in purpose and structure from the American four-year colleges imported from England and the American university imported from Germany. The community college is as American as apple pie brimming with the can-do frontier spirit. It is robust and fearless and utilitarian, willing to try anything that works.

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