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Kelsay, Lisa S.; Tosch, Mary – About Campus, 2019
The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISSC) is unique in that there must be participation in athletic and co-curricular competitions each year. Established in 1969 as an athletic conference, ISSC states in the bylaws (2016) that there is a commitment to fostering the development of students' specialized talents through intercollegiate…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Athletics, Intercollegiate Cooperation
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Witenstein, Matthew A.; Jones, Lorraine; Johnson, Heather; Cleveland-Friday, Yolanda – About Campus, 2019
Over the past couple of years, rising anti-immigrant sentiment in the nation has led to a torrent of complex fears, anxiety, and trauma for immigrants and those who support them. This current narrative exemplifies the volatile US immigration history that includes numerous historical markers that have placed restrictions on immigrants. As these new…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Immigrants, College Environment, Two Year College Students
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Strickland, Kristine H. – About Campus, 2018
Kristine H. Strickland reviews the variety of barriers on community college students' path to transfer and completion. Though community college transfer students can be as successful as transfer students from four-year institutions, Strickland argues that both two-year and four-year institutions need to do more to prepare students for transfer and…
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Transfer Rates (College)
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Willoughby, Case – About Campus, 2018
When Case Willoughby took his first community college job, he started by applying student development and student engagement theory to advising. He refocused advising to support students in exploring academic and career goals and teach them the intellectual and practical skills they need to learn. This experience led Willoughby to notice that…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Students, Educational Research
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Pellegrin, Jeanette – About Campus, 2013
In one important way, student-veterans are like all other students. They need supportive relationships to achieve their academic goals. Serving these students well means learning their stories and helping them succeed. In the process, some of these people may change one's life. In this article, the author shares the touching stories of some of the…
Descriptors: Veterans, College Students, Academic Advising, Student Motivation
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Wood, J. Luke – About Campus, 2012
"Open access" is a core mission component of the community college. Through this mission, public two-year colleges provide postsecondary opportunities to nearly all individuals desiring further education. However, access is not necessarily synonymous with success. Many students, including black males, have concerning levels of success, or the lack…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Academic Achievement, Males, Educational Strategies
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Boggs, George R. – About Campus, 2011
The focus on educational attainment has taken on a renewed sense of national urgency. It is now commonly accepted that educational achievement is correlated with higher individual lifetime earnings and a better quality of life. Increasing the general level of education is also seen as important for the well-being of society and the economic…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Attainment, Institutional Characteristics, College Role
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Seymour, Daniel – About Campus, 2011
In this article, the author discusses how to make strategic planning a more valuable tool for higher education in today's tough times. Strategic planning is really the answer to five straightforward questions. The first three represent the plan itself, while the last two are what makes the plan vital and dynamic: (1) Why do we exist?; (2) What do…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Strategic Planning, Economic Climate, Educational Finance
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Alexander, Julie S.; Gardner, John N. – About Campus, 2009
Though many institutions provide an a la carte approach to the first year, Julie Alexander and John Gardner argue that meeting the needs of first-year students requires a cohesive strategic action plan. Here is their practical framework for mapping and developing such a plan.
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Strategic Planning, College Freshmen, Student Needs
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Henderson, Paulette A. – About Campus, 2009
As English as Second Language (ESL) students move past their first college year toward degree completion, they may find themselves struggling on their own. This article describes one community college's approach to supporting ESL students throughout their academic career. English as a Second Language Across the Curriculum (ESLAC) provides…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Oldfield, Kenneth – About Campus, 2007
For first-generation poor and working-class college students, surviving the social challenges of higher learning can be at least as demanding as achieving a high grade point average. To increase the odds that first-generation students with low-socioeconomic status backgrounds will persist and prosper in college, it is vital that their chosen…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Working Class, Academic Persistence, Foreign Culture
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McClenney, Kay M.; Greene, Thomas – About Campus, 2005
In this article, the authors present two stories that depict the best and worst of times experienced by today's community college students. Within these narratives are both vestiges of the past--pieces that some colleges have yet to fully discard--and exemplars of a potentially brighter, more engaging future. While they are fictitious, these…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Focus Groups, Open Enrollment, Academic Achievement
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Kutnowski, Martin – About Campus, 2005
In this article, the author recounts his experience teaching MU-241, Music Harmony and Counterpoint, which is a capstone course for the music electronics program--a two-year associate of arts and sciences degree--at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. The class, a difficult one, combines harmony, counterpoint, and piano,…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship