Nearly a month after the summit, many of those top-level college administrators are already at work developing strategies to help more of their students succeed, from short-term efforts such as improving student services, to more complex, long-term initiatives, such as gathering and analyzing data to make policy decisions.
It’s a little vague but more focus on effectiveness is a good thing, even if there isn’t sufficient money to make truly revolutionary changes.
Much of the new efforts appear to have something to do with using the same money to simply measure different things. Success is determined, at least in part, by measuring what an institution thinks success means. According to the article:
One of the challenges that community colleges may face is the paradigm shift from focusing on access to focusing on success, said John “Ski” Sygielski, president of Mount Hood Community College (Oregon) and board chair of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Next week the AACC will meet to determine how to measure and promote success at its member institutions.