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MOOCs, retention, and more challenges

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Recent stories about MOOCS and San Jose State were in the news.  San Jose State professors pushed back against EdX, one of the top three providers of MOOCS.  An open letter from Professors at San Jose State to Professor Michael Sandel to request he take a stand on how some public universities may use MOOCs…


CC Online courses: widens achievement gap

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

More recent reports suggest that online courses may widen the achievement gap.   Online students are less likely to achieve a degree.  Black students, male students, younger students, and students with lower grade-point averages are most susceptible to attrition in online courses.  Skill sets of students enrolling in online courses.  Columbia University’s Community College Research Center researchers examined 500,000 courses…


Advising Workshop at STCC

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

ACADEMIC ADVISING: A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH SUMMIT  Academic Advising June Workshop at SPRINGFIELD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMIC ADVISING STCC Friday, June 22, 2012  8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  For further information, contact Linda L. Meccouri, Ph.D. lmeccouri@stcc.edu


Advising Conference at GCC June 15, 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

For the 3rd ANNUAL MCCADA Conference  Free Conference Massachusetts Community College Advising Association Friday, June 15, 2012   8:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Greenfield Community College Submit a Proposal All advising-related topics considered.  Faculty & staff are encouraged to participate and share their best advising practices with colleagues from across the state.   Save the Date call for…


Creating learning environments: best practices

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Recently many of us received the NEA [National Education Association] union higher education newsletter, that focuses on the use of small groups.  Research suggests that small groups create community, collaborative learning and help retain students in college.  Many more resources on helping students learn are located at NEA higher education website.  Letting students take control…


To enroll late or not

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

For years, community colleges have examined whether  students should be permitted to enroll in courses late in the process, even after classes have begun.  Recently a community college,  San Jacinto College  in Texas, made the decision not to permit students to enroll once the course has begun.  Students will be permitted to enroll in late start and/or…


Not achieving the dream

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Recent articles and reports have outlined that even the colleges that received Achieving the Dream funding from the Lumina Foundation, did not significantly increase retention.  The report did outline that the colleges did increase their ‘culture of evidence’ as related to assessment, outcomes and other measures of student performance.  Additionally, a community college dean, raised…


CC college completion rates

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

There has been much push for increasing community college completion rates.  In a recent article, entitled “To What End?”  Terry O’Banion, former president of the League for Innovation in Community Colleges,  suggests, we will need to be careful to continue to balance both liberal arts and vocational/terminal degrees.  This is an increasingly more difficult challenge, given…


Emphasis on completion rates

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

A new policy brief from American Association of Community Colleges in agreement with President Obama’s agenda for community college focuses more on completion rates than on access.  Challenges exist for community colleges, given unfunded mandates, limited resources, low skill sets of incoming students and numbers of adjunct faculty teaching in community colleges.


Retention/transfer report 11/09

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

The Pell Institute  has released a report entitled Bridging the Gap: Promising Practices for Promoting transfer among Low Income and First Generation Students. The  report indicates the cultures of colleges that promote retention and transfer.  The executive summary discusses  the negative impact of too many adjuncts on transfer rates.


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