What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students for Success

What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students for Success

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In What Excellent Community Colleges Do, Joshua S. Wyner draws on the insights and evidence gained in administering the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

This book identifies four domains of excellence—degree completion, equity, student learning, and labor market success—and describes in rich detail the policies and practices that have allowed some community colleges to succeed in these domains.

By starting with a holistic definition of excellence, measuring success against that definition, and then identifying practices and policies that align with high levels of student success, the author seeks to contribute to the growing body of knowledge about improving student success in community colleges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612506500
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Joshua S. Wyner is the founder and executive director of The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.

Table of Contents


ix Foreword

1 Community Colleges
A Call to Progress

11 Completion and Transfer
Creating Clarity in a Culture of Choice

41 Equity and Developmental Education
Confronting the Tension Between Access and Success

65 Learning Outcomes
Engaging Faculty in Change They Understand

95 Labor Markets
Tying Learning and Credentials to Jobs and Community

117 The Community College President
Driving to Excellence in a Fast-Changing Environment

141 The Path Ahead
Urgency and Uncertainty

147 Seven Colleges Featured in This Book

155 Aspen Prize Data

159 Notes
175 Acknowledgments
177 About the Author
179 Index

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