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News & announcements from May 2010

Assessment movement fails to engage faculty

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

A recent article and report on assessment movement suggest that assessment efforts have failed to fully engage faculty because it is seen as management and political  culture rather than a way to engage students and student learning.  Additionally the use of business terms such as:  measurement, benchmarks, accountability and testing is not helpful to engage…

Conference at HCC: Your Best Choice for an Accessible Education

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Holyoke Community College Council for Community, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CCDEI)  announces the 3rd Annual Summit for Massachusetts Communities Colleges Your Best Choice for an Accessible Education  at HCC Friday, June 11 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Contact Lindy Gougeon or Anne Wiley at GCC for tentative schedule.  RSVP by Tuesday, June 8. If you have further…

Student Success Conference at UMASS

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Student Success Conference will be held at UMASS, Amherst MA, on October 8, 2010.  More information and call for proposals will be forthcoming.

Is college necessary?

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Plan B: Skip College is a recent article in the NY Times which raises the issue that college, even a certificate or associate degree may not be for everyone.  The article continues the dialogue on the types of jobs in the future, that may not need college degrees/specialized certificates, but on-the-job training and mentoring.  What will…

GCC engineering program: national news

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The GCC engineering transfer program is featured in Inside Higher Education.  The program promotes that students invest in more education by completing requirements for transfer to nearby UMASS.  The article stresses the role of faculty is raising aspirations of community college students.

For profit colleges: College Inc

Friday, May 7th, 2010

PBS Frontline has a program entitled College, Inc.  A must see for all higher education professionals concerned about rising debt for  first generation, minority and low income students as well as thinking about the future of public higher education.  The College Board has released a recent, April 2010,  report,  Who Borrows the Most?   which also…

How millennial are you?

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

The Pew Research Center has developed a quiz:  how millennial are you?    If you take the quiz you can examine your ‘knowledge’ of the millennial generation through examining your answers and the report and updates on the millenial generation.  The February 2010  report helps faculty and staff examine their own attitudes, particularly towards technology and…

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