As the fall semester comes to a close, my thoughts have turned to a year-end review. I decided to check-in with two of our "Innovative Solutions for Challenges Facing Community Colleges" panelists from the NACCE2013 conference. Dr. Angeline Godwin, President of Patrick Henry Community College and Matt Reed, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holyoke Community College, blogger and author of my personal resource guide - "Confessions of a Community College Administrator" gave their points of view on trends they saw. Listen to the podcast.
"Community colleges are a 360 degree enterprise."
As a community college president, "we are looking for the broadest and deepest engagement with our community and students" says Dr. Godwin. She gave stackable credits as an example of the innovative work that serves both industry and students as the stackable credits are usually industry driven. With these credits, the students are more marketable and more mobile. While the downturn in the local economy was a driver for Patrick Henry Community College to take a 360 approach, Dr. Godwin hears presidents across the country addressing their community colleges as 360 degree enterprises.
"Improving Student Success is Mission Driven and Now Funding Driven"
Starting at minute 6:50
Dr. Reed notes that while community colleges have always been focused on student success, in 2013 many states moved to performance funding. States are funding based on the metrics that they define as indicators of student success. One of the ways that Dr. Reed is meeting that goal is by using Big Data to better understand his college's actual results and outputs. Listen to hear other trends around technology that Dr. Reed is seeing.
What are trends that you have seen? Leave a comment below.