Walking The Walk On Completion

Career College Central summary:

  • Most community colleges have begun using a suite of expert-approved strategies to get more students to graduation. But those programs are often just window dressing, as relatively few students participate in them.
  • That’s the central finding of a new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement. And Kay McClenney, the center’s director, places blame for the shallow adoption of “high impact” completion practices squarely on colleges and their leaders, rather than on students.
  • The study draws from three national surveys that seek to measure student engagement at community colleges that collectively account for 80 percent of the sector’s enrollment. One is the center’s flagship survey — the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE).
  • About 18 months ago the center released a report that used the surveys to identify and describe 13 promising approaches to increase student retention and graduation rates at community colleges. The new study, which the center released today, tracks how many students are participating in those projects and whether their participation increases engagement and their odds of graduating.

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