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  • State policy as a lever for scale: Lessons From Florida

    State policy is crucial to scaling structured pathways from a small number of pilot colleges to all of the colleges in a state. Florida, for example, recently established new policies that scale many elements of the eight Completion by Design Principles of Redesign to all 28 Florida colleges.   The intent of this blog is to illustrate how state policy can be leveraged to share the redesign principles to all of the colleges in a state. In the case of Florida, a mix of new policies, existing...

  • MPD's Perspective on CBD Progress

    “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” Martin Luther King, Jr’s words seem to sum up the challenges of the systemic change that is occurring in many community colleges across the country today. Completion by Design is a flagship program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to change the student experience radically in order to increase graduation rates. In designing new pathways for students, we find...

  • Stark State's New Advising Strategy for Pre-Nursing Students (Part 2 of 2)

    Greetings, I hope your brackets are filled out for March Madness – purely for fun, of course…

    Let’s pick back up where we left off last month, where we had previewed Stark State’s customized advising approach to the significantly large group of pre-nursing students who currently don’t meet the 3.00 GPA entrance requirement.  As part of Stark State’s multi-pronged approach, they identified specific characteristics of pre-nursing students and designed customized tools and strategies to...

  • Stark State College’s New Approach to Pre-Nursing Students (Part 1 of 2)

    Greetings and happy February.  I hope that you are warm and safe and on the tail end of what has been an insane weather pattern the last few months.

    I mentioned last month that I’d be starting to share insights on the great work the CBD colleges are doing on their individual campuses.  I’ll highlight one notable redesign feature or approach from each CBD college over the rest of 2014, with the goal of providing a look into what practitioners on the ground of major reform are making happen to...

  • Got (Good) Evidence?

    While the majority of performance measurement frameworks are developed for accountability purposes, CBD’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were selected and designed to provide actionable data to guide community college improvement efforts. KPIs include a small, strategic set of metrics to monitor the effectiveness of colleges’ completion pathways and improvement strategies. And, they provide a common measurement framework for colleges, and a shared definition of success for improvement...

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