Measuring community college success

Different students, different goals, more data. Those are the sensible recommendations of a committee tasked by the Education Department to strengthen how the government measures community colleges’ success.

Basically, the draft report of the committee (which is still open for discussion) outlines several goals:

* Broaden the coverage of student graduation data to reflect the diverse student populations at two-year colleges

* Improve the collection of student progression and completion data

* Encourage colleges to disclose comparable data on measures of student learning and employment outcomes

* Improve coordination of data related to student success.

What I find most interesting is how the report defines different student populations — for instance, students looking to transfer, students looking to earn a two-year degree, and students taking continuing education; part-time students vs. full-time students — and then discusses determining “success” for each of those groups.

What do you think would determine “success” for each of those groups? And what about the high school preparation students get before they enter community college? See our video on college and career readiness to get a surprise on what different groups need in high school. –Rebecca St. Andrie

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