Dr. Michelle Van Noy discusses the structure of community college career-technical programs and how it affects student success in the article she co-authored with Madeline Trimble, Davis Jenkins, Elisabeth Barnett, and John Wachen, "Guided Pathways to Careers: Four Dimensions of Structure in Community College Career-Technical Programs."

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Dr. Hiroyuki Yamada provides a closer look at an article he coauthored with Dr. Anthony Bryk regarding the effectiveness of Statway, a program designed to assist community college students struggling in mathematics.

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Category:CCR -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

Abstract: Community colleges play a key role in educating the large number of non-traditional, low-income, and under-prepared students who have entered higher education in the past several decades. Despite increased access, community colleges are struggling to graduate students. Most, if not all, strategies provided by scholars to improve college completion rates assume increased student engagement will enhance persistence and success. Existing theories of persistence overlook the dynamic influence of job markets for the students community colleges serve. Using National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, this article draws on Tinto’s theory of persistence and proposes a new framework that acknowledges the role of job opportunities and of work–family–schooling quandaries in community college students’ choices about persistence. Our model builds on the following relevant notions: (a) human capital theory, (b) social integration, and (c) socio-academic integration. Our model has important implications for leaders who aim to better align students’ college experiences with their desired careers and available jobs.


Read the full article here.

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This study examines the relationship between community college enrollment patterns and student outcomes—credential completion and transfer to a 4-year institution—introducing a new way of visualizing the various attendance patterns of community college students. Patterns of enrollment intensity (full- or part-time status) and continuity (enrolling in consecutive terms or skipping one or more terms) are graphed and then clustered according to their salient features. Using data on cohorts of first-time community college students at five colleges in a single state, the study finds astounding variation in student enrollment patterns. Clustering these patterns reveals two relationships: the first is a positive association between enrollment continuity and earning a community college credential, and the second is a positive association between enrollment intensity and likelihood of transfer.

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CCReview Editor Jim Palmer talks to guest editors Brett Miller, Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, and Dolores Perin about their special issue, "Skills and Trajectories of Developmental Education Learners."

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Editor Jim Palmer interviews the guest editor and two contributors to the April 2012 special issue on Creating Future Directions for Community Colleges Using Today's Research.

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Editor Jim Palmer interviews international contributors to a special issue on short cycle higher education in Europe.

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Category:CCR -- posted at: 4:00am EDT