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).
Two-year colleges are the democratic gateway to higher education in the U.S., welcoming the mainstream and the marginalized, accommodating the complex lives of its diverse array of students, and widening the road to economic and social mobility for those who might not otherwise have access to higher learning. General education (GE) curricula constitute at least half of most associate degrees and provide the foundational core for higher education as well as preparation for students to live well and responsibly in the world before them. Situated on the first rungs of the undergraduate...
Rio Salado College (RSC) and InScribe have partnered to launch a pilot series of innovative digital communities that will allow RSC’s students to easily connect with their peers, advisors, and faculty to promote engagement and improve outcomes. These interactive spaces were designed in partnership with the college’s student leaders, incorporating their experience and feedback to ensure that each community is engaging, impactful, and relevant.
The decision to adopt a digital community strategy aligns with RSC's commitment to flexible, on-demand student support and creating an inclusive culture...
Humanity has had a long relationship with cannabis, with evidence dating back 12,000 years suggesting that it may be one of the oldest plants cultivated by humans (Russo, 2007; Warf, 2014). There is also a 5,000-year history of cannabis being used as a therapeutic agent (Burnett & Reiman, 2014). Siberian burial mounds contained cannabis seeds as far back as 3,000 BCE, while cannabis pollen and cannabinoids were entombed with Ramses II and cannabis seeds in Viking ships date back to the mid-9th century (Warf, 2014). The first clinical cannabis conference in the United States, in 1860, was...
Leadership development is a top priority for higher education. As senior leaders leave the community college workforce, the once predicted potential crisis “threatening the future of community colleges in the form of a leadership void” (Shults, 2001, p. 2) is upon us. Organizations have long predicted significant presidential turnover. In 2018, a survey of college and university presidents indicated that “47% of community college presidents, up from 40% in 2017, believe clear paths do not exist to prepare new leaders for the community college presidency” (Jaschik & Lederman, p. 6)....