Higher Ed Groups to Examine College Completion: The nation’s six main higher education associations announced on Monday that they will convene a commission to examine how to help students stay in college and succeed.
Each of the associations—including the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)—nominated members to the new Commission on Higher Education Attainment. Four community college CEOs will serve on the 18-member commission, including Eduard Padrón of Miami Dade College (Florida), Brice Harrisof the Los Rios Community College District (California), Rufus Glasper of the Maricopa Community College District (Arizona) and Gail Mellow of LaGuardia Community College (New York), who will also serve as one of the three commission co-chairs.
Colleges Address Space Crunch With Creative Solutions: Community colleges grappling with rising enrollments—and not enough money for new building projects—have come up with a variety of solutions. Many are expanding their online course offerings and some are forging facilities-based partnerships with businesses or other colleges.
Although enrollment has generally leveled off or even declined a bit in some places, many two-year colleges are trying to figure out how to deal with the soaring growth of recent years. York County Community College(YCCC) in Maine, for example, is just seven years old and experienced an enrollment increase of 103 percent in its first five years, although growth has slowed to a more manageable 1.4 percent this year. Read more via Ellie Ashford.
New Buildings, Renovations Continue Despite Tight Budgets: In Illinois, the College of DuPage (COD) is getting a major facelift. New buildings are going up as older buildings undergo massive renovation. It’s a project years in the making and has a price tag of nearly half a billion dollars.
Despite the downturn in the economy, updating the campus is something the community has supported—twice. In 2002, voters approved a $183-million referendum. Then, last November, they approved another referendum, this time for $168 million. The college also received a $25-million earmark from the state for construction.
“People understood that investing in the College of DuPage was investing in their future,” said COD President Robert Breuder. Read more via Tabitha Whissemore.
Education Department to Open Clearinghouse on Student Success: The U.S. Department of Educationplans to start a clearinghouse for colleges to share their practices on improving student success and the evidence to prove it.
Speaking to the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges on Tuesday, U.S. Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter said that in a “month or two” the department will invite higher education institutions to submit their strategies for student success and evidence to show they work, noting that there will be an initial basic validation of submissions. Read more via Matthew Dembicki.