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We had a standing rule in my house when I was working on my degree: on Fridays after work, I would disappear to my bedroom and not come out until my homework or research papers were done for the week. Sometimes this meant I was free in time for Friday movie night, and other times…

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The number of historically underserved and nontraditional students continues to grow dramatically in the two-year sector. These populations now make up the majority of today’s community college students, yet their completion rates continue to lag behind those of traditional students. With a growing sense of urgency, college leaders are met with a critical imperative: improve…

I am a two-time college stopout. For those unfamiliar with the term, stopout refers to students who withdraw from college temporarily and re-enroll at a later date. Whenever an academic term comes to an end, I wonder how many more students like me have left their starting institution, never to return. When I decided to…

In 2015, researchers from the Community College Research Center published Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, which brought a new term to the fore: Guided Pathways. It wasn’t an entirely new concept (or even a wholly new term), but nonetheless it became ubiquitous in a matter of months. Four years later, Guided Pathways is still the gold…

For the past five years, most of the conversations about community college enrollment decline focused on its macro effects, including consolidations and closures. Until recently, one critical topic received less attention: scheduling. Fewer students mean fewer sections or smaller classes, but reductions are not often feasible for community colleges or their students. From a business…

As the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution transforms what work will look like in the future, community college leaders must take the lead in reskilling our workforce. Learn three key takeaways to consider. The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is upon us and even the experts are torn on whether it’s to be welcomed or feared. The…

Nearly half of part-time community college students believe they’ll graduate within two years, according to the Center for Community College Student Engagement. In reality, fewer than 8% will graduate in four years, according to Complete College America, twice as long as predicted. Why do so many students have such an unrealistic expectation of time to…



About the Webconference This summer, we surveyed 1,600+ college administrators and faculty to measure their progress on Guided Pathways implementation. Join this webconference to hear about sector-wide trends, opportunities for investment, and what your peers identified as the biggest pain points. We’ll also discuss what these results can tell us about the future of Guided…

About the Webconference The majority of community colleges students are enrolled part-time, and projections suggest this trend will continue. However, part-time students often struggle to access critical student support services that are housed on-campus or made available during inaccessible times. As a result, the vast majority of part-time college students do not complete, placing the…

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