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August 2012
What's Happening

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Breakthrough Delivery Models – IHELP Director Nancy Shulock was invited to attend the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Breakthrough Delivery Models meeting on July 25-26 in Seattle. The meeting’s agenda centered on the evaluation design of the Foundation’s recently announced $9 million package of grants to support breakthrough learning models in postsecondary education. These emerging models, which draw on new technologies and new institutional delivery systems, aim to increase the number of students earning affordable postsecondary credentials with labor market value.

SHEEO/Lumina Foundation Academy – Nancy attended the Academy for State Leadership in Higher Education sponsored by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) and the Lumina Foundation on August 6-7 in Chicago. The goal of the Academy is to strengthen the capacity of states to develop and implement effective strategies to advance progress toward the national goals of increasing educational attainment and quality of student learning. Central themes of the Academy include the need for strategic planning for a state’s higher education system and the importance of state policy leadership for higher education.

Littlest New Arrival – We are pleased to announce that IHELP Faculty Associate Su Jin Jez and her husband Jeff welcomed their first child, William Joseph Jez, on July 27, 2012. Congratulations to the new family!  Su Jin will return to campus in January, 2013.

Continuing Work with CTE Advisory Panels – IHELP staff continue to draw on the expertise of CTE faculty and staff across the California community college system through meetings and telephone interviews with members of the advisory panels and others to understand how state laws and regulations affect the ability of colleges to deliver high quality CTE programs to benefit their students and communities. IHELP staff are always interested to hear from the field about how changes in laws and/or regulations might better support the CTE mission. Feel free to contact us at IHELP@csus.edu to schedule a phone appointment.

Features This Month

New Web-Based Data Tool: The Completion Arch

The College Board and MPR Associates recently announced the launch of The Completion Arch, a web-based tool that provides access to public data from national initiatives and published research measuring the progress and success of community college students. The Completion Arch identified a set of indicators of student achievement in five areas spanning a student’s community college experience from college enrollment through entry into the workforce. IHELP is included as a data resource for milestones and indicators of student progress and student transfer and completion. The tool aims to provide organized statistics on the progress of students and the role that community colleges play in addressing the nation's economic and workforce needs.

View the web-based tool

In Case You Missed It - On Balance: Lessons in Effective Coordination from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges – An Organizational Perspective

This report examines the importance of effective coordination of postsecondary education in boosting educational attainment and economic competitiveness. This report is a case study of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), and analyzes the key strategies and conditions that have led to the effectiveness of the Board as a coordinating agency over locally governed colleges. The study, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found that three sets of factors -- state political and economic context, institutional design, and organization and leadership strategies -- explain the success of the Board. The report includes a self-assessment instrument intended for use by other states that seek to improve the effectiveness of their own postsecondary education coordination to better serve students and meet state needs. .

View the report (includes self-assessment instrument)

View the Self-Assessment instrument

Spotlight On

The Road Ahead: Higher Education, California’s Promise, and Our Future Economy-A report released in June by the California Competes Council finds that California will need more than five million bachelor’s degrees and technical credentials by 2025 to stay economically competitive in the global market, a gap of an estimated 2.3 million degrees from what is expected to be produced without concerted new efforts. The report supports recommendations of the California Community College Student Success Task Force and the Little Hoover Commission and calls for streamlining and improving community college management, increasing coordination across all postsecondary systems, and establishing a Higher Education Investment Board, a board that would incorporate the responsibilities of the California Student Aid Commission and provide information to help advise policy makers and consumers.

View the full report

View the executive summary


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