Ensuring that different voices are heard with equal weight across a college campus can be difficult, but well worth the effort. Arguably, from their inception in the early 1900s, community colleges were intentionally created for the purpose of diversifying the higher education student body; offering inclusivity to those who previously did not have the socioeconomic stature to attend an institution of higher education; and providing learning spaces that were deemed fair, accessible, and equitable (Nevarez & Wood, 2010; Ratcliff, 1986). The word “intentionally,” however, can be used as a...
Graduating high school students across the nation are faced with deciding whether to continue their education or enter the workforce. Many seek higher education in order to improve career opportunities and gain economic prosperity and social mobility (Blackwell & Pinder, 2014). The College Board claims that the average annual income for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree is $53,976. The unemployment rate among these graduates is 4.7 percent, which is lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.7 percent (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). While these statistics look promising, the...
Students of color, males in particular, face significant challenges in higher education. African American male students, on average, are less successful than other racial/ethnic groups, including African American women. Compared to Asian/Pacific Islander or White/Non-Hispanic students, they are less likely to succeed in both developmental and college-level coursework and are more likely to drop out. Latino students are the least likely of all racial/ethnic groups to transfer. African American students and Latino males have the lowest persistence rates (Elgin Community College, 2010).
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.
A variety of factors can explain the decline in student enrollment during the pandemic. The increase in technical requirements and digital literacy skills...
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. The initial analyses uncovered three pertinent facts: (1) developmental reading faculty were not passing as many students as they thought they were; (2) students in the lowest level of reading were not persisting into credited courses; and (3) there was severe grade compression among the passing grades (i.e., most of the assigned grades were Cs with very few As...
The Saginaw Academy for Excellence was created through a collaborative vision of leaders from Delta College and the Saginaw Public School District (SPSD). Dr. Michael Gavin, Delta College President, and Dr. Ramont Roberts, SPSD Superintendent, led their respective teams in designing a dual enrollment program for high school juniors and seniors which will provide students the opportunity to earn up to 30 credits toward an associate degree in two years. The goals of the Saginaw Academy of Excellence are to
Provide a seamless route from high school to higher education at no cost to students or...