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Evon Walters December 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 12
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Community colleges enroll over half of the undergraduate students in U.S. higher education and increasingly serve as the gateway to a postsecondary credential, particularly for first-generation and underrepresented students. As noted by researchers (Astin, 1984; McClenney & Marti, 2006; Tinto, 1993), student engagement within and outside of the classroom setting remains central to an institution’s ability to advance student success.
Jerry Hensel November 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 11
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Two years ago, student and Valencia Technology Club member Richard Haynes asked if club members could take Valencia College’s obsolete computers and refurbish them for students who need a computer and can’t afford to purchase one. At the time, the project did not move forward. A year later, however, representatives from the Information Technology (IT), Legal, and Finance departments; the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP); and the Valencia Technology Club met, and, collaboratively, developed the club’s computer donation and repair programs.
Katy Troester-Trate October 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 10
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Historically, community colleges have lower completion and retention rates than their four-year counterparts. Hongwei (2015) suggested that this is in part due to the fact that leading retention models were designed for four-year institutions, not community colleges. Community college students often face unique nonacademic barriers which impact their retention and persistence rates (Goldrick-Rab, Broton, & Eisenberg, 2013; Goldrick-Rab, Broton, & Gates, 2015; Hongwei, 2015; Troester-Trate, 2017).
Lee M. Wittmann September 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 9
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Through rapid growth, acquisition of costly medical simulation equipment, and the expansion of technology-centered simulation facilities, Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech) has become one of the largest and most advanced providers of healthcare simulation programs in North Carolina. New state-of-the-art simulation labs in nursing, radiology, emergency medical sciences, dental assisting, dental hygiene, medical assisting, natural sciences, nurse aid, and medical lab technology have also made Wake Tech a focal point in the simulation community.
Jean Runyon August 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 8
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While many students entering community college aim to earn a bachelor’s degree, only a relatively small portion of these students transfer and go on to successfully do so within six years. Therefore, faculty and staff must create opportunities to clarify paths toward student end goals and establish transfer pathways through alignment of learning outcomes, program plans, and strong partnerships with transfer institutions.
Damien Robinson, Andres Maldonado, and Andrea Rodriguez July 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 7
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Higher education practitioners have long examined the challenges underrepresented student populations face within the postsecondary system. The factors that contribute to this problem are multifaceted and vary to some degree, but they are recognizable. For example, many underrepresented students begin their college careers academically unprepared, working full-time jobs to support families, and struggling with undiagnosed learning disabilities. The disparities are similar across some ethnic and racial underrepresented groups, but there are distinctions.
Sherry Sklar June 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 6
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Congratulations to the 2018 Innovation of the Year Award winners! Forty-six institutions submitted innovations for a 2018 Innovation of the Year Award. Some of the innovations are described below. Click here for a full list of winners.
Sharon L. Blackman, Seallong Tim Sechang, Ezeudo Egeonuigwe, and Dawn Person May 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 5
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The academic success outcomes of men of color remain deficient in community colleges compared to other student groups (Valliani, 2015). While many men begin their educational journey at community colleges, most African American and Latino men do not reach degree completion (Center for Community College Student Engagement, 2014).
Karen Fraser-Middleton April 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 4
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In 2014, Sierra College, located in Rocklin, CA, was one of the first community colleges in the nation to establish a public/private partnership with Hacker Lab, a Sacramento community-based makerspace, to enhance students’ education through maker experiences. Through a competitive process, Sierra College was awarded a $350,000 CCC Maker Grant in July 2017, renewable for a second year, from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), Workforce and Economic Development Division, under the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework.
Sherry Sklar March 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 3
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Congratulations to the 2017 recipients of the League's Innovation of the Year Award!
Katy E. Troester-Trate February 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 2
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Student retention and persistence have become areas of intense focus for college administrators in recent years. The growing concern with student retention is in part due to the recently declining number of high school graduates nationwide (Mertes & Jakoviak, 2016; Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2012). A decreasing number of high school graduates often means fewer potential students eligible to enroll in an institution of higher education (Mertes & Jakoviak, 2016; Troester-Trate, 2017).
Jessica Crotty January 2018
Volume: 13 Issue: 1
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Faculty and staff at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, will join students, community members, and area high school students for a full day of open dialogue about diversity in February 2018. The Empowerment Through Diversity and Inclusion Conference will bring awareness about diversity to participants who will have an open platform to share their thoughts on the topic.
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Tammie Mahoney December 2017
Volume: 12 Issue: 12
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Every department at a community college has a responsibility to provide the type of customer experience that will contribute to student success. All too often, managers hear questions like, “How does my job really contribute to student success?” from employees who rarely, if ever, work directly with students. When these questions come from Information Technology (IT) personnel, what managers are sometimes hearing is a lack of understanding about how technology influences and impacts what instructors do in their classrooms, online, and after hours.
Denise H. Barton and Debbie Maness November 2017
Volume: 12 Issue: 11
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Communicating to students in a way that leads to student satisfaction and success in online courses requires teaching presence. The main instrument of learning is communication and the success of students’ learning depends on the faculty member’s preparedness to engage them in the learning process (Serdyukov & Serdyukova, 2015). Online instructors must, therefore, work to find strategies to improve students’ satisfaction of teaching presence through approaches that address these concerns.
Sherry Sklar October 2017
Volume: 12 Issue: 10
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The League for Innovation prides itself on recognizing innovation and excellence in the community college. Colleges and institutions across the U.S. and abroad demonstrate their dedication to students and communities, and the following awards attest to the League’s support for the daily efforts of faculty, staff, administrators, and students.