Policy and Practice

May 2018
Success rates in higher education among men of color are still lower than that of other groups, but African American and Hispanic/Latino male enrollment has been increasing in community colleges (Valliani, 2015). Between 1990 and 2013, Black enrollment more than doubled from 1.1 to 2.5 million and Hispanic enrollment quadrupled from 0.7 to 2.9 million. This is far lower compared to White enrollment, which increased 9.3 to 9.9 million (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015). The goal for students in community colleges is typically to graduate with an associate degree or certificate...
April 2018
Over the past decade, educators and policymakers have sought to increase the number of students pursuing and completing postsecondary credentials. There’s a good reason for this: In today’s economy, most jobs that pay enough to support a family will require some kind of postsecondary education or training. At the same time, policymakers and early childhood advocates have sought to increase the number of early childhood workers with postsecondary training in early childhood, as a way both to improve quality of teaching in early childhood settings and to elevate the status of the early...
August 2017
Since the launch of the American Graduation Initiative in 2009, the call to increase college graduation rates and to create a better educated workforce for the jobs of the future has become nearly universal. According to Former President Obama, speaking at the University of Texas on August 9, 2010, “in a single generation, [the U.S. has] fallen from first place to 12th place in college graduation rates for young adults" (as cited in de Nies, 2010, para. 3). He advocated for America to “once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world” by 2020 (as cited in Fry, 2017,...
January 2017
Meeting the demand for quality professional development programming in times of constrained resources created an opportunity for innovative and creative thinking at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over 1,200 full-time employees at CPCC are required to complete 20 hours of professional development credit annually, and all full- and part-time employees—more than 1,800—must complete a series of three required annual trainings, thus creating a demand for over 60,000 hours of professional development opportunities annually. This demand occurs at a time of...