Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders

Presentations and Handouts


Is the Success Agenda Succeeding?

The community college completion agenda is upon us and here to stay. This session, calling on student voices, research, and lessons from the field, focuses on what we know from emerging evidence about what matters most in promoting community college student progress and success-- and why we must do more of what we know.

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External Change Agents: Partners for a Better Future

Frequently one finds that constituencies outside the college may have a different sense of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and purposes of the college. This panel presents voices that attempt to engage and influence colleges from outside the campus.

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Fast-Tracking College to a Credential or Career Success

Students are taking many routes on their way to higher education. The world is full of experiences that equate to higher education courses or competencies. What is the process for equating these competencies? What can we anticipate will be the barriers to these processes? How will they benefit students? These are some of the questions that an expert panel will discuss.

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Certificates: What is Their Value?

What is the evidence of the labor market value of certificates? Should certificates have a requirement that involves a level of demonstrated math and English skill? Should certificates be less than a year or more? Should they only be industry certified? What are the success and placement rations of students with certificates in the labor market? These and other issues will be addressed by our expert on certificates speaking in this session.

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Alliance Membership Meeting

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Common Core State Standards and College Readiness

Spokespersons for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) will discuss the status of their work, especially related to the development of tools to be used to assess student progress and success with the Common Core State Standards. Among other topics, they will describe the role that higher education is playing to enhance the success of common core and the assessments, discuss how cut scores will be set, and describe the anticipated relationship between cut scores, college-readiness, placement and remediation.

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Measuring and Researching Success

Community colleges have been significantly challenged within legislative and business forums to hold themselves accountable. If we are to do so meaningfully, those accountability measures must encompass fully the diversity of open access students and the full breadth of the community college mission. AACC, though the Voluntary Framework of Accountability, has taken on that challenge, but knowing how we stack up often raises more questions than it answers. Research organizations, like MDRC, a non-profit, nonpartisan research organization, and the RP Group , which works with institutions to look at data, can significantly strengthen our understanding of the community college student and provide insight into effective (and ineffective) practices aimed at improving their success. Meanwhile, STAR, a tool developed in Hawaii for use by students, provides more information about student preferences and choices.

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Supporting Underserved Students for Pathways to Completion

With more students entering college from nontraditional pathways, how can community colleges and technical schools work to ensure that all students—especially those from historically underserved populations—succeed? From WestEd’s Regional Educational Laboratory West and Excelencia in Education learn about the recent research findings on the most effective strategies for raising academic achievement for low-income, first-generation, minority, and underserved students.

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