REPORTS & SURVEYS | JANUARY 1ST, 2011
New Ways to Help Community Colleges Help Students Succeed
Public Agenda's Cutting Edge papers, produced in partnership with Achieving the Dream, are designed to provide specific challenges and give practical solutions to community colleges as they work to "move the needle" on student success and completion. That includes addressing some of the challenges that have already been identified in Achieving the Dream's work, such as engaging faculty, taking initiatives to scale, and making the most of research and information technology.
Colleges can reap major benefits from meaningful engagement with faculty -- both full-time and adjunct -- yet many institutions find it difficult to do. This report lays out core principles and promising practices for engaging faculty in changing institutions and closing student achievement gaps. This new Cutting Edge Series paper, "Engaging Adjunct and Full-Time Faculty in Student Success Innovation," builds on our existing work in faculty engagement and is based on fresh research with higher education experts and community college faculty.
There are good ideas out there for improving student achievement and changing institutions, but one of the key problems is taking them to scale: reaching more of the targeted students who need help and turning innovative ideas into "business as usual" for community colleges. In "Scaling Community College Interventions," we provide an overview of the most common barriers, principles to help take initiatives to scale, and a checklist of critical questions.
The use of data and evidence to improve policies, programs and services is at the core of community college student success efforts across the country, and a new guide from Public Agenda serves as a resource for community college leaders in data collection and analysis. "Building Institutional Capacity for Data-Informed Decision Making", the latest from the Cutting Edge series of reports produced for Achieving the Dream, will help more colleges build institutional research (IR) and information technology (IT) capacity and create a strong culture of evidence in which data and inquiry drive institutional efforts to close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes overall.
This report lays out core principles and promising practices for engaging faculty in changing institutions and closing student achievement gaps.