Pathways to Completion

From Bob Hawkes, Director of Workforce Development, Kern Community College District:

The attached article came to my attention recently and I wanted to pass it on to you.  The author, Terry O’Banion was the president of the League of Innovation for 23 years and nationally recognized as a strong advocate for community colleges, an innovator who is not afraid to make bold suggestions for improvement.  The national trend for valuing completion over access has come to California and he offers a solid agenda for reaching our regional goals.  As he states at the end of the second page, “Failure is not an option.”  I urge you to read what he has to say, digest it and be prepared to discuss it at our next collaborative meeting on October 13.  Regards,  Bob

Via Terry O’Banion, Community College Journal.

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The Gap Year: Breaking up the “Cradle to College to Cubicle to Cemetery” Cycle

“How many of you would love to take a gap year right now?” Holly Bull, an independent student gap year adviser asked a room full of college counselors early on Saturday morning.

A groggy audience sprang to life, all hands shooting up at a lecture entitled “Gap Year: American Style” at the National Association of College Counselors conference in New Orleans.

The idea of taking time off between high school and college — a self-exploratory sabbatical in the free spirit of 1970s — has increasingly become a structured concept in the United States, with counselors like Ms. Bull linking students and parents up with formal programs.

As the number of students who opt to take a gap year has grown, so, too, has awareness of gap year benefits to the student, said Robert Clagett, former dean of admissions at Middlebury College (and formerly an admissions officer at Harvard).

Mr. Clagett said he is compiling data from institutions across the country on gap year student performance once they matriculate, and he cited Middlebury’s own statistics of recent years.

The data demonstrated that average G.P.A. for Middlebury students who took a break — 35 people this year — was consistently higher than that of those who did not. (He noted that self-selection could be partly at play, that gap year students are typically more affluent and may have some different, unifying qualities.) Read more.

Via Rebecca R. Ruiz, The New York Times.

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