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  • Through the Looking Glass – Reflecting & Moving Forward…

    Greetings, friends –

    As always I hope this blog post finds you well!  I hope that you – as I am – are starting to ramp down for the holidays, getting what I’m sure is a much needed break.  I know I’m looking forward to recharging the batteries to head in to what promises to be a very interesting and impactful 2015.

    I’m on the way home from Miami Dade College, where today we completed the ninth of nine reflection meetings in the last two weeks at the nine CBD colleges.  Along...

  • Wake Tech’s Applied Benchmarking Takes Innovation to the Next Level

    Greetings, travelers – hope that this blog post finds you well, more prepared for the holidays than I am!  Surprisingly, I’m at 38,000 feet again, this time on the way to Ohio for the second week of the Fall 2014 CBD Biannual Reflection Meetings at Sinclair, Lorain & Stark State, followed by a quick jaunt to Miami Dade to wrap up this round of reflections.  I’ll share some quick thoughts on these reflections in a year-end post in a couple of weeks, but today I want to share with you some...

  • Design for Scale: It Takes All Kinds of Policies To Scale Structured Pathways

    In my travels around the country, I often hear about the importance of policy. By policy, however, most of the time people are referring to “Big P” policy--laws on the books that mandate action in one direction, or appropriations that direct public funding. Legislative mandates, such as Connecticut’s Public Act 12-40 in 2012 or Ohio’s new performance-based funding model, get significant attention. This comes as no surprise as laws that constrain institutional behavior and split the...

  • Connecting the Dots at Sinclair & Developing a Holistic Advising Model

    Greetings, colleagues – I hope that you had a great Halloween with kids, family or friends – a fun holiday, and it signifies the start of the full holiday season.  The holiday stores are already open at our local mall, which is very scary indeed.  So after a couple of months exploring the intersections between CBD and other national projects like the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and Student Support (Re)Defined, we will return to our sojourns through the impressive redesign...

  • Using Evidence to Inform Advising Practices

    I recently collaborated with Peter Trumpower at Stark State College on an investigation of excess credits, and how the results could help support the critical role of advising and directing students to the correct path initially.  The uses of such analysis are twofold.  First, as we all know, changing majors can often result in taking unnecessary courses.  And, the further down the path at the time of the change, the greater the potential for students to accumulate a larger magnitude of...

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