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  • An Incredibly Good Sign…

    So you know how every month I claim I’m going to write a shorter blog post and then double the average number of words for a standard blog post (500-750 words)?  This month, I swear I’m going to be brief.  Really.  Just like Lucy always swore she’d hold the football in place for Charlie Brown.  But this time, I promise…

    So I was going to write about the great work Marcia Ballinger, Jonathan Dryden and others at Lorain County CC have been doing to create stepwise pathways for business...

  • Leveraging Networks to Increase Completion

    To reach the ambitious education attainment goals established by President Obama and a host of philanthropic organizations, higher education will need to use all of the tools in the completion toolkit, invent some new ones, and repurpose some of the old and faithful ones to amplify and expand on what they have been able to accomplish historically.  One high-leverage, but often-overlooked tool in the completion toolkit is networks. 

     

    A review of the literature (Kezar, 2014) identified...

  • Shifting Gears & Making Connections: CBD & Beyond Financial Aid

    Greetings, fellow travelers –

    So I counted this morning, and this is the 20th blog post I’ve written for the CBD blog series (a lot of down time in the summer, apparently, to do such counting).  Time flies, and we’ve covered a lot of fascinating ground.  We had a great run through the 10 most commonly asked questions about guided pathways reform the last 6 months, and I want to turn back to the CBD colleges for some...

  • Questions About Guided Pathways VI – The Final (?) Chapter…

    At long last, as those in the Northeast finally emerge from a long, tough winter and virtually no spring, we end a journey we started back in January as we started exploring the questions that I and the other national assistance providers on Completion by Design hear most commonly in our travels around the country.  It’s been quite a ride as we moved through these, and I’ve been integrating the questions and the responses I’ve provided in this series into presentations and workshops around...

  • Emerging Lessons from Statewide Developmental Education Reform

    A large number of states are on the verge of, or have already begun, comprehensive reforms to developmental education at their community colleges.  For the past three years, CCRC has been studying developmental education reforms in two states that have been at the forefront of such efforts: Virginia and North Carolina. Findings are now beginning to emerge that can help states think through potential benefits and challenges of statewide developmental education reform.

    Like in many...

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