Community colleges across the U.S. have traditionally used standardized test scores to determine student readiness for placement into college-level courses. Unfortunately, research “shows that these placement tests are poor predictors of student grades in college-level . . . courses, resulting in inappropriate placements for as many as a third of test-takers (Ganga & Mazzariello, 2019, p. 2). This misplacement can result in additional time and financial burden for students striving to complete their college education.
Alternative measures have been found to better indicate appropriate...
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).
At Mesa Community College’s Thunderbird Tech Studio, students can receive one-on-one guidance and tutoring for using and mastering technology that supports their academic learning. The Tech Studio team provides support for common college-supported technology tools such as Windows and Mac operating systems, Microsoft Office, Google Drive Suite, Canvas, and other systems. The beauty of the Thunderbird Tech Studio design is that it will morph into an in-person service once the pandemic subsides, thus allowing students to choose when, where, and how they receive technology tutoring and assistance...
To prepare students for meaningful work, California Community Colleges (CCC) have invested $17M over three years in the CCC Maker initiative to facilitate a network of 24 college makerspace communities. What’s at stake is the untapped potential of the 2.1 million students in the largest and most diverse system of higher education in the country, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker Statewide Project Director and Associate Dean of Workforce Innovation at Sierra College. “I believe that makerspaces are transforming education,” said Pepper-Kittredge.
In an educational makerspace,...
Community college leaders face increasing pressure to prove a return on government investment in their institutions. Performance-based funding measures and economic impact studies are commonly used to monetize the success of community colleges. These well-intentioned efforts produce a beneficial, but limited, view of community colleges. However, community college leaders are well versed in navigating the needs, and sometimes competing interests, of diverse stakeholders. They understand they need to comply with required evaluation metrics to gain access to indispensable funding, but are also...