Recruitment & Retention


First Cohorts Graduate in California Community Colleges Baccalaureate Pilot

A pilot program formed in 2014 in California's community colleges just came to fruition when 135 students around the state graduated with bachelor's degrees from their two-year schools. The program's intent: to meet workforce needs where they're not duplicated at the state's public universities.

Turning Around an Enrollment Decline

When Mesa Community College needed to crank up enrollment retention, it turned to an outside company for help. The result was a striking 9x return on investment.

Playbook Offers Blueprint for Free College Programs

A new playbook promises to help mayors build and expand College Promise programs within their communities. The "City and County Playbook: How To Build a Promise" was the brainchild of the College Promise Campaign and Chris Cabaldon, a board member and the current mayor of West Sacramento, California. The report is intended to serve as a blueprint to help cities and counties create programs that fund the first two years of college for "hard-working students."

Historically Black Colleges Project to Expedite Career Pathways Work

Two organizations are working together to speed up and strengthen use of pathways for improving the career outcomes for thousands of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Education Design Lab and the United Negro College Fund will work with 14 of the 24 institutions participating in a multi-year Career Pathways Initiative being run by the U.N.C.F.

College Enrollment Down for Sixth Straight Semester

For the sixth semester in a row, student enrollment for higher education has declined in the United States. According to the latest report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, spring 2018 numbers decreased by 1.3 percent from the previous spring. That follows a 1 percent drop for fall-over-fall enrollment.



California Universities and CCs Launch Online Course Finder with 10,000 Classes

The California State University and California Community Colleges systems have teamed up to launch a new online course finder that will provide students enrolled at either set of institutions access to more than 10,000 online, transferable classes. "Finish Faster," as it's called, is part of the Online Education Initiative, a collaborative effort among several community colleges in the state to push students to finish their educational goals faster.

Ohio CC Recognized for Student Success

Lorain County Community College's student success initiative is running on all cylinders. The Ohio institution was recently recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges for its progressive work in dual enrollment, degree completion and transfer.

Most Pell Students 'Degreeless' After 6 Years

A new analysis of federal graduation rates among first-time, full-time Pell students in four-year institutions found that most schools are doing a crummy job of serving them. In fact, as the researchers wrote, "Low- and moderate-income students starting college for the first time currently have no better than a 50:50 shot of actually earning their degrees within six years of enrollment." The research project was undertaken by national think tank Third Way.

California CC Innovation Grants Tap Tech to Scale Student Success

Armed with innovation grants, Glendale Community College will be scaling up an automated system to help students with career guidance; Irvine Valley College will expand its pathways work with veterans; and College of the Redwoods will build up a program for incarcerated students. These three California institutions, as well as eight others, have been awarded grants ranging from $1 million to $3 million by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to help them grow programs with a track record for boosting student success.

Report Suggests Middle-Class Income as Standard for Measuring Value of College

A new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and the Century Foundation offers a simple standard by which to determine the worthiness of a college education. The basic idea: to measure college programs and determine whether they'd allow degree-holders to attain middle class earnings and recoup their education costs within 10 years of graduating.

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