Student Success in Community Colleges

Author: Deborah J. Boroch
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470606614
Format: PDF
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Student Success in Community Colleges As more and more underprepared students enroll in college, basic skills education is an increasing concern for all higher education institutions. Student Success in Community Colleges offers education leaders, administrators, faculty, and staff an essential resource for helping these students succeed and advance in college. By applying the book's self-assessment instrument, colleges can pinpoint how their current activities align with the most effective proven practices. Once the gaps are identified, community college leaders can determine the best strategic direction for improvement. Drawing on a broad knowledge base and illustrative examples from the most current literature, the authors cover organizational, administrative, and instructional practices; program components; student support services and strategies; and professional learning and development. Designed to help engage community college leadership and practitioners in addressing the practices, structures, and obstacles that enhance or impede the success of basic skills students, the book's strategies can be tailored to various institutional levels, showing how to unite faculty, staff, and administrators in a cooperative effort to effect institutional change. Finally, Student Success in Community Colleges reveals how investing in a comprehensive basic skills infrastructure can be a financially sustainable model for the institution as well as substantially beneficial to students and society. "This is a most unusual and valuable book; it is packed with careful analysis and practical suggestions for improving basic skills programs in community colleges. Compiled by a team of practicing professionals in teaching, administration, and research, it is knowledgeable about what has been done and imaginative and practical about what can be done to improve the access and success of community college students."—K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, University of California, Berkeley "For its first hundred years the community college was committed primarily to access; in its second hundred years the commitment has changed dramatically to success. This book provides the best road map to date on how community colleges can reach that goal."—Terry O'Banion, president emeritus, League for Innovation, and director, Community College Leadership Program, Walden University "This guide is the most comprehensive source of information about all facets of basic skills or developmental education. It will be invaluable not just to community college educators across the nation, but also to those in high schools and four-year colleges who share similar problems."—W. Norton Grubb, David Gardner Chair in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley

Reinventing the Open Door

Author: Gunder Myran
Publisher: Amer. Assn. of Community Col
ISBN: 0871173913
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Offers a new, broader model of the open-door philosophy of community colleges to better serve an increasingly diverse student population by not only ensuring access to higher education, but also by ensuring success, a campus environment of inclusiveness, and the colleges' engagement with the communities they serve"--Provided by publisher.

Supporting Online Students

Author: Anita Crawley
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118192842
Format: PDF, ePub
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Supporting Online Students shows how effective and efficientlydelivered support services improve academic success and courseretention for online learners. Drawing on a decade's worth ofresearch, Anita Crawley describes the scope of services fromadmissions and registration to advising and student engagement. Thebook includes guidelines and standards, planning andimplementation, innovative practices, and describes specializedservices needed by particular online student groups. "Effective student support is the single most important factorin sustaining high-quality online learning programs. Anita Crawleypresents the most effective guide to achieving that success. Herbook is a blueprint for building thriving online programs throughcomprehensive student support." —Ray Schroeder, director,Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, University ofIllinois Springfield "As distance learning continues to grow, this book addresses theoften neglected other side of the coin: online student services.This book provides a great introduction and overview of theresearch, literature, and innovative practices for planning,implementing, and evaluating support services for online learners."—George Steele, director, eStudent Services, OhioLearns "Anita Crawley has crafted a splendid volume on a topic ofincreasing importance in contemporary higher education. Her bookpromises to be the foundational piece for those who work withstudents in an online environment. Her thinking and analysis aresuperb and undoubtedly will provide the basis upon which to developonline programs and services in the future." —John H. Schuh,Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and PolicyStudies Emeritus, Iowa State University "Bringing together extensive examples of innovative practices,summaries of current research, and a wealth of experience instudent services, Anita Crawley's comprehensive guide to supportingonline students is a rich resource for institutions with existing,growing, or new online programs. —Diane J. Goldsmith, formerexecutive director, Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium

Academic and Student Affairs in Collaboration

Author: Mitchell A. Levy
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317430492
Format: PDF
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Academic and Student Affairs in Collaboration provides a comprehensive and evidenced-based understanding of the partnerships necessary to achieve an institutional culture devoted to student success. Chapter authors explore how to design, implement, and assess collaborative efforts between student and academic affairs in support of increased student success. This book provides best practices for fostering and enhancing campus dialogue, career development pathways, academic support services, and other important initiatives to increase retention and learning outcomes, improve motivation and goal attainment, and enhance institutional accountability. This book is a must-read for scholars, faculty, leaders, and practitioners in Student Affairs and Higher Education interested in achieving student success at their universities and colleges.

Demonstrating Student Success

Author: Marilee J. Bresciani Ludvik
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 9781579225162
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This practical guide to outcomes-based assessment in student affairs is designed to help readers meet the growing demand for accountability and for demonstrating student learning. The authors offer a framework for implementing the assessment of student learning and development and pragmatic advice on the strategies most appropriate for the readers’ particular circumstances. Beginning with a brief history of assessment, the book explains how to effectively engage in outcomes-based assessment, presents strategies for addressing the range of challenges and barriers student affairs practitioners are likely to face, addresses institutional, divisional, and departmental collaboration, and considers future developments in the assessment of student success. One feature of the book is its use of real case studies that both illustrate current best practices in student affairs assessment that illuminate theory and provide examples of application. The cases allow the authors to demonstrate that there are several approaches to evaluating student learning and development within student affairs; illustrating how practice may vary according to institutional type, institutional culture, and available resources. The authors explain how to set goals, write outcomes, describe the range of assessment methods available, discuss criteria for evaluating outcomes-based assessment, and provide steps and questions to consider in designing the reflection and institutional assessment processes, as well as how to effectively utilize and disseminate results. Their expert knowledge, tips, and insights will enable readers to implement outcomes-based assessment in ways that best meet the needs of their own unique campus environments.

Redesigning America s Community Colleges

Author: Thomas R. Bailey
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674425952
Format: PDF, Docs
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Community colleges enroll half of the nation’s undergraduates. Yet only 40 percent of entrants complete an undergraduate degree in six years. Redesigning America’s Community Colleges explains how two-year colleges can increase their students’ success rate quickly and at less cost, through a program of guided pathways to completion.

Practical Leadership in Community Colleges

Author: George R. Boggs
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111909514X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Anticipate, manage, and overcome the complex issues facing community colleges Practical Leadership in Community Colleges offers a path forward through the challenges community colleges face every day. Through field observations, reports, news coverage, and interviews with leaders and policy makers, this book digs deep into the issues confronting college leaders and provides clear direction for managing through the storm. With close examination of both emerging trends and perennial problems, the discussion delves into issues brought about by changing demographics, federal and state mandates, public demand, economic cycles, student unrest, employee groups, trustees, college supporters, and more to provide practical guidance toward optimal outcomes for all stakeholders. Written by former presidents, including a past president of the American Association of Community Colleges, this book provides expert guidance on anticipating and managing the critical issues that affect the entire institution. Both authors serve as consultants, executive coaches, and advisors to top leaders, higher education institutions, and leadership development programs throughout the United States. Community colleges are facing increasingly complex issues from both without and within. Some can be avoided, others only mitigated—but all must be managed, and college leaders must be fully prepared or risk failing the students and the community. This book provides real-world guidance for current and emerging leaders and trustees seeking more effective management methods, with practical insight and expert perspective. Tackle the college completion challenge and performance-based funding initiatives Manage through economic cycles, declining support, and calls for accountability Delve into the issues of privatization and employee unionization Execute strategies to align institutional goals and mission Manage organizational change and new ways of thinking that are essential in today's competitive environment Manage issues involving diversity, inclusiveness, and equity Prepare adequately for campus emergencies Community colleges are the heartbeat of the nation's higher education system, and bear the tremendous responsibility of serving the needs of a vast and varied student body. Every day may bring new issues, but effective management allows institutions to rise to the challenge rather than falter under pressure. Practical Leadership in Community Colleges goes beyond theory to provide the practical guidance leadership needs to more effectively lead institutions to achieve results and serve the students and the community.

Building a Career in America s Community Colleges

Author: Rob Jenkins
Publisher: Amer. Assn. of Community Col
ISBN: 0871173948
Format: PDF
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"Collection of essays reprinted from The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Two-Year Track column." Presents sound, insider advice on building a career as a community college instructor or administrator"--Provided by publisher.

Completing College

Author: Vincent Tinto
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226804542
Format: PDF, Docs
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Even as the number of students attending college has more than doubled in the past forty years, it is still the case that nearly half of all college students in the United States will not complete their degree within six years. It is clear that much remains to be done toward improving student success. For more than twenty years, Vincent Tinto’s pathbreaking book Leaving College has been recognized as the definitive resource on student retention in higher education. Now, with Completing College, Tinto offers administrators a coherent framework with which to develop and implement programs to promote completion. Deftly distilling an enormous amount of research, Tinto identifies the essential conditions enabling students to succeed and continue on within institutions. Especially during the early years, he shows that students thrive in settings that pair high expectations for success with structured academic, social, and financial support, provide frequent feedback and assessments of their performance, and promote their active involvement with other students and faculty. And while these conditions may be worked on and met at different institutional levels, Tinto points to the classroom as the center of student education and life, and therefore the primary target for institutional action. Improving retention rates continues to be among the most widely studied fields in higher education, and Completing College carefully synthesizes the latest research and, most importantly, translates it into practical steps that administrators can take to enhance student success.