• 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...

  • Tools to Help Exceptional Community College Leaders Be Hired: An Opportunity Not To Be Missed

    In 2013, the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program highlighted the “crisis and opportunity” that the relatively rapid aging of the average community college president and the imminent retirement of nearly 50% of them expected within the next five years or so.[1] As a follow-up to that research, we have just released a set of open-access hiring tools that hiring authorities – including boards of trustees, system heads, and others – can use to identify and hire those presidents with the...

  • The RP Group’s Student-Support Redefined Project and the CBD Design Principles

    “So it’s late September and I really should be back at school.” – Rod Stewart

    It is, in fact, late September, and I think that by now all of you have made it “back to school”, therefore breaking the chains of Maggie May’s influence from the Rod Stewart song.   Ok, that was a stretch, but it came up on Pandora while I was getting ready to write this!

    Last month we took a look at the themes from the Aspen Prize finalists, and how they were very consonant with the design...


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