6 ways dual enrollment helps institutions and students

Dual enrollment has emerged as a critical component of institutions’ enrollment initiatives, with 75 percent of colleges and universities saying it serves as a recruitment tool.

From 2002 to 2011, dual enrollment increased 75 percent among institutions, and 90 percent of institutions agreed that it improves access to college courses, according to a report from The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and Hobsons.

The new report, “Dual Enrollment in the Context of Strategic Enrollment Management,” builds on existing Institute of Education Sciences (IES) research to reveal the institution-level practices of dual enrollment as it pertains to strategic enrollment management and benefits to students and institutions.…Read More

Online hub helps community colleges pursue student success

A new online hub and virtual community of practice aims to help community college educators access resources and best practices.

The LEAP Connections Resource Hub was launched by the Association of American College and Universities (AAC&U), with support from The Kresge Foundation, as part of AAC&U’s Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success initiative.

LEAP Connections is an open-resource hub enabling access to information, templates, campus models, research, online dialogues, and webinars designed to support the scaling of evidence-based practices at community colleges that support educational quality and student success. The site is designed for community college faculty as well as other educators, academic administrators, and student affairs professionals.…Read More

Calif. education leaders launch college promise campaign

Valley education leaders launched the Central Valley Promise campaign on Nov. 2 in front of an audience of 600 students grades 6-11, elected officials and community leaders.

The Central Valley Promise is a community-wide effort to promote college as a viable option for youth in the region. To increase access to higher education, students participating in the Central Valley Promise will attend their first semester at a community college for free.

The promise will also offer students admission to one of the local community colleges or Fresno State if they meet the minimum requirements.…Read More

UPenn launches College Promise database

College affordability has been a focal point of President Obama’s presidency, and it remains a large issue in the 2016 presidential campaign and in policy debates across the nation.

As a result, the number of College Promise programs is expanding dramatically. These programs, which ‘promise’ a financial or other type of award to eligible students who attend specified schools and/or reside in particular communities to enter and complete higher education, have nearly tripled in the last year, to 150 in 37 states.

Now, a new database from the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennAHEAD) allows policymakers, researchers, and journalists to easily search and compare programs.…Read More

Urban makerspace partnership links industry with education

A higher education partnership in Baltimore will help connect students with a makerspace to build their educational and manufacturing opportunities and expand their employment prospects.

Open Works, Baltimore’s new $11.5 center for traditional and advanced fabrication, is partnering with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) as part of a joint effort to give area residents access to the resources and connections necessary to further their educational, expressive, professional, and business goals.

Open Works, the sixth largest makerspace in the nation, was recently opened to expand access to advanced tools and technologies through low-cost memberships, rental workspaces, educational classes, and workforce training opportunities in partnership with other regional organizations.…Read More

Can digital learning solve higher education’s problems?

A shift to digital learning is important when it comes to solving long-standing problems in the higher education system, according to surveyed higher education faculty.

Pearson‘s “Digital appetite vs. what’s on the table: Student attitudes toward digital course materials in 2016” surveyed learners, educators and administrators to gauge their opinions about digital course materials and digital learning strategies.

The survey revealed that educators see benefits for their students who have shifted to digital course materials.…Read More

25 great community colleges for low-income students

As policymakers tout the importance of higher education in helping students secure jobs and succeed in the workforce, equity and affordable higher education is now almost constantly in the spotlight.

Ensuring that low-income students have a chance to secure a solid educational foundation before they enter the workforce is critical to U.S. society’s success. And as student loans spiral out of control, loan repayment timeframes and salaries after graduation are crucial pieces of information for low-income students.

These public two-year colleges enroll over 40 percent low-income students at the school, and have relatively high outcomes for those students, according to U.S. Department of Education data.…Read More