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From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Institutions--Community/Technical Colleges - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Doubling Graduation Rates: Three-Year Effects of CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Education Students - The City University of New York increased graduation rates at community colleges by offering tuition waivers, free Metro cards and comprehensive advisement. Researchers concluded the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative was well implemented, improved student outcomes and the cost per degree was less than the control condition. It's important to remember that the program is only for full-time students. (Susan Scrivener, et al., MDRC, February 2015)...

Optimizing Reverse Transfer Policies and Processes: Lessons from Twelve CWID States - In 2012, five foundations launched the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative to encourage partnerships of community colleges and universities to expand programs that award associate degrees to transfer students when the student completes the requirements for the associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree, also known as “reverse transfer.” This describes changes occurring at the state, system, and institution levels with implementation of reverse transfer in 12 CWID states. (Jason L. Taylor and Debra D. Bragg, OCCRL, January 2015)...

The Road Less Traveled: Realizing the Potential of Career Technical Education in the California Community Colleges - This report examines four high-wage, high-need career pathways in the California Community Colleges as a basis for exploring the Career Technical Education (CTE) mission and its role in the college completion agenda. The study found that while CTE has the potential to meet the state’s completion, workforce and equity goals, there is a lack of priority on awarding technical certificates and degrees and an absence of clear pathways for students to follow in pursuing those credentials. (Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, February 2011)...

Divided We Fail: Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California's Community Colleges - Educational attainment in California has been declining with each younger generation - a statistic that bodes poorly for the state's economic competitiveness. It is essential to increase educational attainment among the Latino population. (Colleen Moore and Nancy Shulock, Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, October 2010)...

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