• Making the Most of Advising & Planning Technologies: A Tool for Colleges

    There is a growing consensus across the country that college students need more support to help them reach their academic and career goals. Integrated Planning and Advising Service technologies (IPAS)—with their capacity to leverage big data and create more coherence and coordination among services—are increasingly viewed by colleges as an efficient means to address this challenge.

    IPAS technologies enable students to better plan their path through college, and allow faculty and...

  • Lessons from the Aspen Prize & CBD

    Well, as crazy as it is to imagine, Fall is nearly upon us.  Not sure where the summer went (might have been 20+ cities of work travel for me, but still – way too quick...)

    Most of you on semester schedules are already back into Fall semester or are about to start – it’s always an exciting time.  I’m so glad to be part of a series of national initiatives such as CBD that play out on college campuses across the country – with the goal of making sure that increasingly higher numbers of...

  • So What Do College Personnel Think of CBD?

    To what degree do college personnel agree with the principles and practices that Completion by Design (CBD) is seeking to put in place?  CBD rests on the conviction that large-scale and interconnected changes in the institutional practices and culture of community colleges are critical for substantial improvements in student success and degree completion to occur. And organizational theorists tell us that, for changes in practice to be lasting, people must believe that they are the right...

  • Exploring GE Outcomes / Liberal Arts Ed Under a Pathways Approach

    The dog days of summer are upon us, and I hope that this month’s post finds you just completing or about to start a fun summer vacation of some sort.  Maybe you even just got back, and now need the classic “vacation to recover from your vacation”.  Either way, some interesting food for thought as this month’s topic – emerging from last month’s post where we explored GTCC’s efforts to streamline and restructure their general education curriculum.

    So I am very fortunate to travel around...

  • Excess Credits & Creating Efficiencies

    Many students who attain two-year degrees complete coursework that is not required of their specific major and, thus, accumulate excess credits.  This raises questions for efficiency in terms of students’ time to completion, increased opportunity cost by not being in the labor market, and increased educational costs.[1]  Through their Completion by Design (CBD) work, colleges redesign and restructure their students’ academic pathways to ensure only the necessary courses are required for...


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