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February 2010
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IHELP Speaks on College Reform at Association of California Community College Administrators’ Annual Conference - IHELP Executive Director Nancy Shulock joined a panel of four education and community leaders at the ACCCA Annual Conference on February 18, 2010. The session focused on reforming community college practices and policies in support of a more student-centered, outcome-oriented public education system. Other panelists included Superintendent-President of Long Beach Community College Eloy Oakley, Campaign for College Opportunity Co-Founder David Wolf and Executive Director Michele Siqueiros, and President of Mount San Antonio College John Nixon. Click here to view her presentation.


IHELP Presents Report Findings at Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board - IHELP Research Analyst Jeremy Offenstein discussed the findings from IHELP’s recent report “Steps to Success: Analyzing Milestone Achievement to Improve Community College Outcomes” at a presentation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on January 28, 2010. The Board was created by the Texas Legislature in 1965 to "provide leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students." The presentation titled “Monitoring and Using Milestones to Increase Student Success: An Overview” was delivered to the nine appointed board members and more than 200 audience members. Click here to view the presentation.

IHELP Research Specialist Colleen Moore
Feature This Month

IHELP Presents Report Findings at Campaign for College Opportunity Capitol Series

IHELP was invited to present the findings of two of its latest reports at The Campaign for College Opportunity’s newest briefing series titled “Capitol Series:  Conversations on College Opportunity & Student Success.” The series, aimed at legislative staff and coalition partners, discusses key issues facing higher education today and addresses various topics essential to student access and success. IHELP readiness and success. Research Analyst Jeremy Offenstein served as a key presenter at the first briefing which focused on the predicted shortages in California’s future workforce. He presented the findings of the report “Technical Difficulties: Meeting California’s Workforce Needs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fields.” IHELP Research Specialist Colleen Moore was invited to speak at the second briefing which focused on

strengthening transfer. She presented the findings in the report “Crafting a Student-Centered Transfer Process in California: Lessons from Other States.” For more information on future briefings in this series, click here.

New Report - Pathways to Success: Lessons from the Literature on Career Technical Education

IHELP’s newest report is part of a project supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation to identify policies and practices that could increase student success in certain career pathways through the California community colleges. This literature review analyzes evidence on the effectiveness of career-oriented education in high schools and community colleges and discusses the factors that promote successful educational outcomes for students enrolled in career-technical programs. It finds the literature scarce on career-technical education (CTE) student success and suggests that further research would help us better understand and strengthen CTE student and program outcomes to better meet the needs of the workforce.
View the report.


Spotlight On

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen recently signed into law two landmark public education bills focused on improving K-12 and higher education in the state of Tennessee. The higher education bill, titled the Complete College Tennessee Act, is focused on education reform and changes designed to “enhance cooperation between colleges and universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) and University of Tennessee (UT) systems.” This new policy was largely based on the work of Complete College America, a new organization supported by five national foundations. Under the leadership of Stan Jones, former commissioner of higher education in Indiana, the organization works with state government leaders to help increase college completion rates in the nation. Among other things, the new bill:

  • Changes higher education funding to incorporate factors for successful student outcomes
  • Expands common programs and common courses to promote consistency and quality across the community college system
  • Creates a statewide transfer policy – any student who earns a two-year degree at a community college can transfer to a four-year university as a junior
  • Requires TBR and UT to establish dual-admission and dual-enrollment policies at all two- and four-year colleges and universities.

In earlier newsletters, we have decried the lack of statewide leadership for higher education policy in California. From this vantage point, we were particularly struck and impressed by the Tennessee Governor's speech announcing this new legislation. Click the following links to learn more about this landmark legislation and Complete College America.

Tennessee Higher Education Reform Initiative
Governor Bredesen's remarks
Complete College America



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