October 6, 2020 | Issue # 172
Over the past 6 years, AACC and AASA, The Superintendents Association, have held meetings to discuss college and career readiness. They’ve been valuable opportunities to hear about successful partnerships between community college leaders and K-12 superintendents. This week, we convened an online meeting and discussed the growth of dual enrollment. My sincere thanks to our participants, including AACC Board Chair-Elect and Austin Community College Chancellor Richard Rhodes, Superintendent of Schools at Round Rock ISD Steve Flores, St. Louis Community College-South County Manager Julie Loyet, and Mehlville School District Director of College and Career Readiness John DeWalle.
As degree requirements rise in many occupational fields, community college bachelor’s degree programs can provide a learning environment that works well for the working adults who would benefit from additional education. Read how some colleges are getting it right in this CC Daily article.
The new Parent Teacher Assistant Toolbox at a North Carolina community college helps parents assist their children with online schooling. Learn about it in this AACC 21st Century Center blog post.
AACC’s Equity Transfer Initiative
With funding from the ECMC Foundation and Ascendium Education Group, AACC will design and implement an Equity Transfer Initiative (ETI) to improve transfer rates of African American, Hispanic, and adult students from 2-year to 4-year institutions. The ETI will be delivered in partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Twenty teams of community colleges and 4-year institutions will be selected to participate in this 3-year initiative consisting of establishing a minimum of five transfer pathways, implementing equity-based interventions to support transfer, and receiving coaching and technical assistance to enhance existing transfer initiatives and implement new initiatives. The Request for Proposals will be released this October.
The latest episode of Community College Voice focuses on dual enrollment. Guests are Tonjua Williams, president of St Petersburg College, Joe Garcia, chancellor of the Colorado Community College System, and Amy Williams, executive director of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Listen here.
On October 7, AACC and AASA, The Superintendents Association, convened a meeting of community college leaders and K-12 superintendents to discuss, among other things, college readiness, dual enrollment, and equity in education. Pictured (top row, L to R): Dr. Martha Parham (AACC), Tammy Reichelt (AACC), Dr. Deanna Yameen (Massasoit Community College), Dr. Walter Bumphus (AACC); (second row) Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte (Ivy Tech Community College), Dr. Kay Eggleston (Richland Community College), Dr. David Schuler (Township High School District 214), Dr. Dan Domenech (AASA); (bottom row) Dr. Ron Rhames (Midlands Technical College), Dr. Richard Rhodes (Austin Community College), Dr. Shari Camhi (Baldwin Union Free School Dist.), and Dr. Theron Schutte (Marshalltown Community School District).