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Celebrating Community Colleges and Their Students | Impatient Optimists

In community college, education, education reform, young people on August 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm







Celebrating Community Colleges and Their Students | Impatient Optimists.

A great piece by Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Community colleges are the unsung heroes of our education system. They prepare today’s workers for tomorrow’s careers, and they get little support and even less recognition for their efforts. For millions of Americans, the local community college is the gateway to the American Dream.

But the American Dream is more than access to college. It’s about a complete education, and the better future that comes with it: a steady income, a rewarding career, a home in a nice neighborhood where you’d want to raise your family.

Vocationalism, Academic Freedom and Tenure – NYTimes.com

In community college, education reform, politics on July 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm





The debate on vocationalism and academic freedom.  Riley questions if academic freedom is necessary.  While this article focuses on four-year colleges, we see this shift occurring on community colleges also. What do you think?



Vocationalism, Academic Freedom and Tenure – NYTimes.com.

Community College Students Pitching a Plan to Improve their Communities.

In community college, Grantees, Millenials, Mobilize.org, students on March 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

The Rappaport Family Foundation proudly supporting Mobilize.org’s Summit in San Jose. April 15-17.  From the Community College Times:

Pitch your plan to improve your community

Next month, Mobilize.org—a national organization that improves democracy by investing in Millennial-led solutions—will convene 100 students from community colleges in San Jose, Calif., to discuss the challenges they face in completing their education and solutions to address them.

At the summit April 15-17, Target 2020 participants will work together to brainstorm, prioritize and propose top solutions that address barriers they face in completing their education. During the Democracy 2.0 Competition, the top solutions, proposed as projects, will win financial investments and expert support from Mobilize.org and its partners to be implemented as campus, community or online projects.

“California’s community college students are full of ideas to help improve their educational experience,” said Maya Enista, CEO of Mobilize.org. “It often includes more peer-to-peer support and creative ways to better use campus and community resources that already exist. Our goal is to help channel these resources and facilitate the relationships students need to transform their ideas into projects that will benefit the entire campus community and help each student achieve their personal academic goals.”

Mobilize.org will hold another summit this fall in New York and in 2012 plans to go to Miami and Detroit.

For more info: http://www.mobilize.org/target2020


CUNY Adjusts Amid Tide of Remedial Students – NYTimes.com

In Coleman Advocates for Youth, community college, education, Grantees, students on March 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

Check out this article about how CUNY is adjusting its curriculum in response to students’ needs.

CUNY Adjusts Amid Tide of Remedial Students – NYTimes.com.

We’re seeing this in California as well.  In fact, one of our grantees, Coleman Advocates for Youth is working in San Francisco’s City College campus on ensuring that remedial courses are offered in a logical, sequential manner. Not surprisingly,  most students who need these classes fail to graduate because they can’t get in to the classes they need, when they need them.

Hard lessons learned from the economic recession

In community college, education reform on February 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

A preview of a strong call to action for community colleges to adapt and meet the demands of a new generation and economy. We would add that in addition to focusing on meeting workforce development challenges, community colleges cannot forgo their civic mission: that of creating active and productive citizens.

The Great Recession has taught workforce development practitioners at community colleges a great deal. Never before has this core mission strand of our institutions been tested at this level, as we’ve faced the worst employment conditions since the Great Depression.
On the advent of an economic recovery, it is time to take stock of our new realities, highlighting effective and creative community college responses. Two-year colleges face three important workforce trends. First and foremost, there has been a significant loss of traditional, well-paying jobs. Outsourcing, the decline of unions and the severe economic contraction of the Great Recession have resulted in a painful fact: There are not enough full-time sustainable jobs for our students.
Even in growing economic sectors such as allied health, demand is starting to wane as there are fewer turnovers. And, while there were high hopes for new “green jobs,” most of that growth is still in the future and dependent on public policy changes in the energy sector.

For the article in its entirety, click on following link:  Hard lessons learned from the economic recession.

Voices in Action: National Youth Summit | U.S. Department of Education

In community college, education reform, students on January 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

This Summit put on by the U.S. Department of Education looks very interesting. Our grantee Mobilize.org will be there. I hope that the role that community colleges play in their student’s civic engagement is also part of the conversation.

Voices in Action: National Youth Summit | U.S. Department of Education.

Why Community College Students?

In community college, education reform, politics, students, young people on December 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm

The community college landscape has experienced enormous growth in the last 30 years with enrollment peaking in 2008. Today’s community college students are young, progressive, and hopeful about changing politics in their communities. While there has been a focus on developing the civic skills and participation of 4-year students, we believe that it is now time to focus on the training of community college students that can offer the most return on investment, especially in effecting local change.

It is not a secret that community colleges are facing difficult fiscal challenges in this economic environment, or that efforts need to be focused on helping students have access to and the ability to succeed in college. However, during a time of civic renewal among young people, we cannot afford to miss this narrow window of opportunity to equip the most progressive-minded generation in decades.

To learn more about what informed our thinking, download our report here.