Community College Changes

Apparently the Obama administration’s summit on community colleges last month is starting to have at least a little impact. Tabitha Whissemore writes in Community College Times that,

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.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer