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August 2010
What's Happening

New Community College Success Report - IHELP is currently working on a report for the Campaign for College Opportunity which analyzes the outcomes of degree-seeking students in the California community college system. The study uses the milestone framework to track student progress and outcomes by race and ethnicity, and points out the risks to the entire state posed by racial/ethnic disparities. Look for the report release in October.

IHELP Director Receives Award – Nancy Shulock was honored at the Campaign for College Opportunity’s event “One Million More College Graduates by 2025” at the State Capitol on July 21. The event, which awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 300 California middle and high school students, also honored several members of the legislature and leaders of community organizations. Nancy received the honor of being named a “Champion for College Opportunity” for 2010.

Features This Month

New Brief: Prerequisite Policy in the California Community Colleges

This new two-page brief written by IHELP Director Nancy Shulock examines proposed changes to prerequisite policy in the California Community Colleges. The brief discusses the challenges faced by the CCC regarding under-prepared students and the current trends in other states to increase the success of under-prepared students. A written statement containing this information was presented to the CCC Board of Governors.

View the brief

In case you missed it - Beyond the Rhetoric: Improving College Readiness Through Coherent State Policy

This policy brief, jointly produced by the Southern Regional Education Board and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, examines the college readiness problem and offers recommendations to help government and educational leaders strengthen their efforts to increase college readiness. IHELP Director Nancy Shulock participated in the workgroup that produced the report, which analyzes the causes of the college readiness gap and discusses how states could better address the problem. The brief recommends specific policy changes and offers state leaders a model college readiness agenda consisting of state-wide college readiness standards developed and adopted jointly by P-12 and postsecondary education. It suggests how assessment, placement, curricular, teacher development, and accountability practices can be carefully designed to reflect and implement the standards.

View the brief

Spotlight On

National Governors Association Compete to Complete Initiative – Last month the newly appointed chair of the National Governors Association, Governor Joe Manchin, unveiled his initiative “Compete to Complete.” The initiative focuses on increasing the number of college degrees and certificates and improving productivity in the nation’s higher education institutions. The initiative calls for a common set of college completion metrics which track progress and success and offer accountability measures for institutions and states.

Click the links below to view the press release and the released report.

NGA Press Release
Complete to Compete: Common College Completion Metrics


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