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ACCELERATING COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS’ ENTRY INTO AND COMPLETION OF PROGRAMS OF STUDY
In this updated paper, originally released by the Community College Research Center in April 2011, Davis Jenkins and Sung-Woo Cho argue that to improve completion rates on a substantial scale, community colleges must ensure that new students enter a coherent college-level program of study as soon as possible. It presents a simple method for measuring program entry and completion rates using data on students' actual course-taking behaviors rather than declared major or intent. The paper offers research-based suggestions for ways community colleges can rethink their practices at key stages of the student experience to accelerate program entry and completion.
PROPOSAL WILL HURT COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS
The Institute for College Success posted that the dramatic changes proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown would lock out more than a third of applicants currently eligible for entitlement grants. These are students who have worked hard and earned the grades that the state has long promised entitled them to participate in California’s primary student aid program. These are also the students, research shows, for whom financial aid may make the biggest difference in terms of helping them persist and succeed in college. As they finally reach the point where they are ready to go to college, many will find their dreams shattered. Three out of four applicants cut out would be prospective Cal Grant B students, who on average have family incomes well below the poverty line. And the majority of these students go to community colleges, where students receive too little aid and already less likely to receive state grants.
WHEN BLACK MEN SUCCEED
In a study released today, the first from a new Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at Penn, Shaun R. Harper analyzes a cohort of 219 black men (at a range of institutional types) who meet rigorous criteria that define them as "achievers," to understand both how and why they succeeded in college, and what campus leaders and others might do to help others follow in their footsteps. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.
NGA FAVORS STATE LEEWAY
The National Governor's Association wants Congress to give states lots of running room when it comes to crafting their accountability plans, according to an interim proposal outlining NGA's priorities for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka the No Child Left Behind Act.) The governors are asking lawmakers to reshape the federal role in K-12, focusing it on sharing information and research, and helping states collaborate on "innovations to better serve students." They like the idea of federal incentives, but not a lot of federal control. The post is from Education Week’s Politics K-12 blog.
NYC PUSHES TO ADOPT CUOMO’S EVALUATION PLAN
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration has declared its keenness to embrace Governor Andrew Cuomo’s teacher evaluation proposals, and replace the 2010 law with one that makes it easier to fire low-rated teachers and spells out how they can appeal a poor evaluation. The article is in EducationNews.org.