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Aspen Prize Colleges: Well-Equipped When Crisis Hits

Over the past year, a global pandemic forced many of us to live, work, and learn differently. Millions of Americans got sick, wealth gaps were made painfully apparent, and the killing of Black Americans by police forced the country to reckon more directly with its long history of racial injustice. For the 8 million U.S. […]

Loving Students to Success

In 2014, leaders at Amarillo College recognized that students were dropping out not because they struggled academically. Rather, they were struggling to survive—to afford housing and food and transportation, find care for their children, and get the health care and legal help they needed. So Amarillo College reshaped itself around a core conviction: You can’t […]

Advancing Social Mobility

In and around Paducah, Kentucky, there’s been a change in what it takes to support a family. Many low-skill jobs in dominant industries like agriculture and mining have gradually disappeared, and some fields, like marine technology, have begun to require more education to progress. Amid this transition, West Kentucky Community and Technical College has been […]

Taking Responsibility for Student Outcomes After Graduation

Over the last decade, many community colleges have made strides in committing to student success through graduation. At San Jacinto College, in the Houston metropolitan area, that commitment doesn’t end with a diploma. Rather, San Jac takes responsibility for how students fare even after leaving the college, both in the workforce and at transfer destinations. […]

Providing Students with a Roadmap to Success from Day One

Many colleges have adopted guided pathways reforms—that is, reorganizing the student experience so that everyone has a clear destination, an organized path to get there, and effective support along the way. Broward College adopted guided pathways early and remains a national exemplar. Every major comes with a program map that lays out each course to […]

Making Success a Given for Students

Candace Hooper-Ellison, 31, had been a stay-at-home mom without college ambitions when her husband lost his job. As Candace began looking for work to help support her family, she realized she would need a college degree to land a job. So, 10 years after graduating from high school, Candace enrolled in San Antonio College to […]