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The Presidency

Summer 2016

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On The Cover

Mark Toner

​No higher education sector of such massive size is innovating so fast in so many directions as community colleges: Free tuition, zero state support, bachelor’s degrees, and direct training pipelines to the labor force are just a few of the approaches. What do these trends mean for the future of the nation’s most accessible postsecondary level? What do they portend for higher education as a whole?

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    Expanding the Reach—and Definition—of Transfer

    Stephen C. Head

    With traditional-age college students now a shrinking minority, policymakers are relying on community colleges to boost transfer rates—including those of place-bound, low-income, and other nontraditional students. The solution? Start offering baccalaureate and advanced degrees to students at the community colleges they already attend.

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    Q&A: Getting Past the Cost Conundrum

    Rolando Montoya

    In this exclusive Q&A, Rolando Montoya, provost of operations at Miami Dade College, shares best practices for boosting administrative productivity and graduation rates without breaking the bank.

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    Community Colleges: Creating the Future

    Mark Toner

    No higher education sector of such massive size is innovating so fast in so many directions as community colleges: Free tuition, zero state support, bachelor’s degrees, and direct training pipelines to the labor force are just a few of the approaches. What do these trends mean for the future of the nation’s most accessible postsecondary level? What do they portend for higher education as a whole?

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    Best Practices: Funding “Free”

    Donald Guy Generals

    Across all the many approaches to making community college free, there is one challenge in common: affording it. So the Community College of Philadelphia’s biggest surprise was that some in the local philanthropic community thought the college’s ambitious goal of a $10 million endowment specifically for closing the financial aid gap was too small.

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    Which Top Priority?

    Walter G. Bumphus

    Increase degree and certificate production. Cut costs. Ramp up transfers. Prep more students for the workforce. Community colleges are being tasked with more and more priorities, but the result is often that nothing gets prioritized, and goals go unaccomplished—unless you remember what’s truly most important.

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