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Dair Arnold, Trish Burke-Williams, Tennille Love-Frost, Scott Markland, and Patty Peters September 2023
Volume: 26 Issue: 9
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Sinclair Community College presents an annual collegewide Equity Summit that is designed to further the institution’s strategic priorities of equity, alignment, and growth. According to Steven L. Johnson, Sinclair’s President and CEO,
Miloni Gandhi and Teresa Ong August 2023
Volume: 26 Issue: 8
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Community colleges are places for learning and reinvention, but what happens when potential students are unable to attend college because they are incarcerated? Incarcerated individuals face an extraordinary amount of discrimination when it comes to post-incarceration job searches, and many did not enjoy an uninterrupted educational path prior to incarceration, which leaves them with few opportunities to rise above their circumstances.
Karen Town July 2023
Volume: 26 Issue: 7
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Moraine Valley Community College wanted to do more than talk about its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), so it found a way for faculty and staff to actively embrace the trio of core values by creating the Equity Academy. Academy participants could engage as little or as much as they wanted, with some completing full research projects on DEI topics affecting the institution. The response to the academy and the research has been positive, resulting in improvements across the college.
Guillermo Martinez III, Janelle Green, and Curtiss Stevens June 2023
Volume: 26 Issue: 6
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Imagine a place where individuals of all ages and their families can come for the ultimate hands-on career exploration experience. At Austin Community College’s (ACC) Make It Center (MIC), the possibilities are boundless. This innovative new hub will revolutionize the way we perceive career pathways by introducing visitors to a multitude of options they may have never considered before.
Moaty M. Fayek May 2023
Volume: 26 Issue: 5
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The COVID-19 pandemic's impact on student development, a crucial component of the student experience, merits the efforts at heightened awareness it continues to receive. In response to the pandemic and the swift move to online education, one of the significant components of higher education is the impact this move has had on student development. While this applies to community college students of all ages and in various stages of life and career, this article focuses more specifically on the impact this disruption has had on traditional-age college students (18-24).
Sonja Johnston and Jess Nicol April 2023
Volume: 26 Issue: 4
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In 2018, a team of collaborators in Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) School of Business asked, “What could a work-integrated learning capstone that takes students past a business plan look like?” Alberta is the energy powerhouse of Canada—a blossoming space for investment and startups and home to an emerging technology ecosystem (Delphi Group, Foresight Canada, & Cleantech Group, 2021), including leaders such as Benevity, Neo Financial, and the latest addition, Applexus Technologies, which will soon establish its Canadian headquarters in Calgary
Jennifer Brown, Clarissa Davis-Ragland, and Jeanne Hanrahan March 2023
Volume: 26 Issue: 3
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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.
Karen Miller and Michael Baston February 2023
Volume: 26 Issue: 2
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Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) has provided high-quality, accessible, and affordable education and workforce opportunities to residents of Northeast Ohio since opening its doors in 1963. The college serves one of the most diverse regions in Ohio in terms of income, educational attainment, and cultural backgrounds.
Lance Bowen January 2023
Volume: 26 Issue: 1
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As Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) works to define itself in a post-pandemic world, it is imperative to look to innovative and engaging practices to ensure student success. One excellent avenue is for students to engage in primary undergraduate research in order to develop the skills necessary for their future success. Undergraduate research is recognized as a high-impact learning practice by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (Kuh, 2008).
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Jill Channing December 2022
Volume: 25 Issue: 12
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Corequisite English and mathematics courses were born in response to the low retention, success, and persistence rates among developmental English and mathematics students, most of whom never persisted successfully into credit-bearing gateway English and mathematics courses (Bailey et al., 2010).
Jill Channing, Benjamin Patterson, and Stephanie Horvath November 2022
Volume: 25 Issue: 11
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Despite acts like the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defining and shaping public perception of deafness and deafblindness as only ability statuses, many d/Deaf, d/Deafblind, and hard of hearing (DDBHH) individuals identify themselves as members of their own culture—complete with unique languages, beliefs, values, and customs (Aldalur et al., 2021; Best, 2016; Rose, 2020). Legislation like the ADA has undoubtedly increased access to and quality of educational opportunities for DDBHH students.
Michele M. Pratt, Anne Wooden Elias, and Reva Curry October 2022
Volume: 25 Issue: 10
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Community college libraries must keep pace with 21st century needs. Gone are the days when librarians shushed students and one could hear a pin drop in library spaces. Gone are the days when print periodicals and books were the only resources available. Today’s students come from all backgrounds and have diverse needs. Librarians are continually evaluating those needs and evolving library services and programs to meet them. Academic libraries—especially those at community colleges—need to meet the students where they are.
Terry O’Banion and Cindy L. Miles September 2022
Volume: 25 Issue: 9
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By accelerating changes already underway in the workforce and adding new options for how we learn, work, and live, the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed attention on a classic dilemma in education: Is the purpose of education to prepare students to make a good living or to live a good life? There are many unresolved educational issues, but this thorny one has cast a long shadow ever since humans struggled to make sense of the world.
Grant J. Matthews, Rita Ferriter, Susan Godwin, Jennifer Lee-Good, and Michael Morsches August 2022
Volume: 25 Issue: 8
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In 2012, the developmental reading faculty at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) began to take an honest look at their students’ grades. This introspection followed key changes in department leadership and faculty membership.
Michelle Fischthal and Ingrid Greenberg July 2022
Volume: 25 Issue: 7
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Community colleges across the U.S. report declining enrollment due to the pandemic, changing demographics, and temporary assessment policy changes (California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, 2021; National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2021). In addition, 2019 data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics (2021) showed that the percentage of students aged 22 or older, or adult learners, is increasing.