I have a Dream: Graduating more Men of Color

There is an oft repeated statement that there are more black men in prison than in college. While this claim has been debunked, it highlights a fundamental problem in the education of young American men of color (MOC). Not enough men of color start or finish college—the statistics make the scope of the problem clear  […]

Great Student Expectations: A Guide for Faculty

Students come to courses with certain baseline expectations of faculty. Chief among these according to Blue Ridge Community College are: Providing opportunities to learn Acting with professionalism Grading fairly and returning work promptly Being accessible to students Communicating in a timely and professional manner At the community college level, we must also be respectful of […]

Embrace Civility in the Classroom

Teaching is a demanding task. Challenges arise at every turn, which makes it an engaging and dynamic occupation. In addition to worrying about content and learning in our classrooms, we also need to be concerned with classroom dynamics and the erosion of civility. When it comes to promoting classroom etiquette and respect, instructors need to […]

Putting the Community in Community College

“Learning and development is a social, collaborative activity.” –Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) Many of us would agree that students learn best when they interact with others in a supportive environment. This is true for traditional classrooms and virtual classrooms, in offices and in casual settings. We can influence these interactions in how we craft the learning […]

Working with Student Veterans: Moving toward Success!

It is not just military service that sets student veterans apart from their classmates. According to a 2013 American Council on Education report, they are often the first members of their family to attend college and are often about a decade older than other students. They tend to study harder and are driven to succeed, […]