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John Squires, Anita Polk-Conley March 2015
Volume: 18 Issue: 3
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In fall 2009, the Chattanooga State Community College math department faced a problem not uncommon to colleges around the nation: Online course offerings had high failure rates and were not a quality experience for students. After examining the data, the department made a bold decision to put a moratorium on online math courses for two years. This move provided time to improve the quality and success of online courses.
Lisa Shaw February 2015
Volume: 18 Issue: 2
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In Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970), educator Paolo Freire criticized the traditional classroom dynamic of student-teacher as "banking education," that is, the teacher "deposits" information to the student, who passively "banks" or stores it. He offers a list of teacher behaviors that ensure the status quo of teacher as subject and student as object: "The teacher thinks and the students are thought about. The teacher teaches and the students are taught" (p. 73).
Sarah White, Todd Cohen January 2015
Volume: 18 Issue: 1
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Resiliency is the word of the hour, a potent but ill-defined term of art in climate and community development circles. At its most fundamental, resiliency indicates a community's ability to withstand a shock--economic, environmental, social. It encompasses a community's work to avert, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. It is invoked, most commonly, in the aftermath of droughts, storms, wildfire, or floods--the kinds of cataclysm that annually cost billions of dollars to the US economy and untold suffering to its citizens.
Melinda Mechur Karp December 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 12
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There is a growing consensus across the country that college students need more support to help them reach their academic and career goals. Integrated Planning and Advising Service technologies (IPAS)--with their capacity to leverage big data and create more coherence and coordination among services--are increasingly viewed by colleges as an efficient means to address this challenge.
Ross Markle, Terry O'Banion November 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 11
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Bloom’s Taxonomy may be the most recognized framework in all of education. Categorizing learning objectives into cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains appeared to be common sense at the time the construct was created, and the domains both thrived and evolved over decades with many applications and revisions.
Participants in the League's 2014 Learning Summit October 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 10
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Last summer, some 300 community college educators convened in Chandler, Arizona, to focus on learning. As participants in the League's Learning Summit, these faculty, staff, and administrators engaged in roundtable discussions about the current national emphasis on college completion--the Completion Agenda. Facilitated by League Vice President for Learning and Research, Cynthia Wilson, the groups discussed definitions of completion, issues and challenges surrounding completion, and the promise of the Completion Agenda, and they posed questions about the current emphasis on completion.
Sandy Brown Jensen September 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 9
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I am a writing instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, who has fallen in love with digital storytelling. Definitions of digital storytelling vary, but in education the concept is that with the technology revolution, ordinary folks can tell their own real life stories. And while that doesn't automatically mean the stories are from the heart, overwhelmingly, that is the case.
Susan Bickerstaff, Scaling Innovation Team August 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 8
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Some of the most promising developmental education innovations require that instructors significantly change their classroom practice. For example, instructors may be asked to teach to a more heterogeneous group of students, prepare students for statistics rather than algebra, or attend more explicitly to students' nonacademic needs. Cultivating such behavioral change is difficult, and usually falls upon the leaders who are working to launch or scale a new approach. These leaders report that generating faculty buy-in is among the most challenging aspects of reform implementation.
D. Brent Barnard July 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 7
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Many who serve in higher education have heard inspirational stories of groundskeepers and maintenance personnel befriending students, thereby forming strong relationships which boost retention and encourage students to persist. Why do these employees succeed in an area so at odds with their job descriptions? They succeed because they care, andbecause they work in public areas among the students. The rest of the staff care as well, but spend less time in campus common areas.
Adrienne Maslin, Jill Frankfort, Margaret Jaques-Leslie June 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 6
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Between juggling coursework, family, and 30 hours a week at a job, many community college students struggle with time and motivation. But for students at Middlesex Community College in Connecticut this semester, one solution for managing time and boosting motivation came from a source they frequently use already: their cell phones.
Jon Mandrell May 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 5
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With community colleges facing some of our most trying and challenging times, professional development continues to be the lifeblood of an institution. As resources and budgets become strained, many institutions understand that the path to innovation and advancement is based upon their willingness to train and develop their staff. This steadfast commitment to professional development ensures that an institution is forward-thinking and committed to its team, and recognizes how professional development benefits the most important individual: the student.
Velislava Karaivanova, Tammy Atchison April 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 4
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Active learning, as opposed to traditional lecture-style teaching, has captured the attention of more educators as it challenges students to think independently, thus producing improved learning outcomes. Learning comes from various sources, including lectures, interactive media, cooperative learning, and kinesthetic learning. Cooperative learning is a powerful tool yielding better results (Karaivanova & Atchison, 2013). However, when a peer-teaching approach is applied, in which students present lecture material before the class, the challenge becomes how to motivate students.
Pamela Lau March 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 3
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In recent times, community colleges have attracted unprecedented levels of public attention. The Obama administration has positioned community colleges to play a primary role in the nation's economic recovery and expansion. The president has envisioned two-year colleges as the vehicle to deliver job training programs that will impart skills to Americans enabling them to compete with workers from other nations. This vision is strategically tied to his bold pronouncement that our nation's community colleges will have five million more graduates by 2020.
Virginia Kirk February 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 2
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Unplanned pregnancy affects the retention, completion, and success of a large number of college students, yet it is an issue that colleges often overlook when considering their student completion agendas. Resources are now available for colleges to use for free, including three online lessons that have been shown to improve students' knowledge, attitudes, and behavioral intent when it comes to preventing unplanned pregnancy.
Sarah Hannes, Scylla Lopez, Cynthia Wilson January 2014
Volume: 17 Issue: 1
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Over the past decade, there has been a growing public fascination with the phenomenon of connectedness (Rios-Aguilar, Gonzalez Canche, Deil-Amen, & Davis, 2012). One of the most prominent ways in which society is now connected is through social media. While both students and higher education institutions are using social media more and more, educators and scholars face challenges in trying to understand the new dynamics generated by social media in community colleges.