What are Community Colleges? Are They Vocational Schools?
Community colleges serve a wide array of learners and provide access to higher education for many students who otherwise would not attend. However, in their mission to meet the needs of their communities, two-year institutions also provide career education/workforce development programs that cause some to label them as merely “vocational schools” while overlooking their comprehensive offerings.
Counting U.S. Secondary and Postsecondary Credentials
The Credential Engine (CE) has released the results of a recent study where they sought to determine the real count of credentials available in the U.S. marketplace. As a result, CE has compiled a comprehensive count for various credential types including college degrees from Title IV institutions, for-credit certificates, online degree programs, and federally-registered apprenticeships among others.
Institutions’ Use of Data and Analytics for Student Success: Results From a Landscape Analysis
This report highlights the findings from a national survey of over 1,000 institutional research, student affairs, and IT professionals across a variety of higher education institutions aimed at uncovering trends on how institutions gather, share, and use data. Included in the recommendations is a call to prioritize measuring student outcomes on college campuses.
Making Digital Learning Work
This report highlights promising practices at six colleges and universities (e.g. Arizona State University, Houston Community College, and Rio Salado College) that have applied digital learning methods that take into account students’ individual contexts. As a result, learning outcomes and access to higher education have increased for diverse student populations.
Next Generation CBE: Supporting Success for Underprepared College Learners
This report, which is part of a series on competency-based education (CBE), explores the potential for CBE when helping increase college completion rates for students requiring developmental education in college.