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College and Career Readiness

Annually, ACT provides a snapshot of the college and career readiness of ACT-tested high school graduates. For the Michigan 2012 report, please click here.

Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce has just released an important study on the growing number of certificates awarded by postsecondary institutions. Titled, "Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees," it makes a strong case for the value of higher education certificates, while analyzing the very different labor market impact that these credentials can have.

A Clearer Picture of Student Success

New federal data supports what community colleges have long argued…a longer window to track enrolled students shows significant improvements in graduation and completion rates. According the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, graduation rates of full-time, first-time students in 2006 increased from 13% to 28% at community colleges when the time students were tracked increased to four years.

Breaking Through Michigan Report

Breaking Through promotes and strengthens the efforts of community colleges to help low-skilled adults prepare for and succeed in occupational and technical degree programs. Counteracting high attrition rates in A dult Basic Education and developmental education, Breaking Through colleges create effective pathways through precollege and degree-level programs that raise college completion rates. This initiative proves that low-skilled adults can advance through remediation and earn credentials while saving time and money.

For the Forging New Pathways report, please click here.

Transfer Pathways

New report analyzing students' transfer behaviors and postsecondary pathways: One third of all students transferred at least once within five years; over half of students who start in a public four-year university transfer to a public two-year college.

The Cutting Edge Series

This 2011-12 series of reports from Public agenda highlights specific challenges to improving student completion and solutions identified through the work of Achieving the Dream colleges.

The first report, Engaging Adjunct and Full-Time Faculty in Student Success Innovation, identifies core challenges and guiding principles for engaging faculty in student success work.

The second, Scaling Community College Interventions, focuses on barriers colleges have encountered in “scaling up” successful pilot programs and how colleges have overcome these barriers.

The most recent report, Building Institutional Capacity For Data-Informed Decision Making, offers advice to colleges in their efforts to build capacity in institutional research and information technology and create a culture of evidence to drive and measure improvement efforts.

Investing in Community Colleges - Michigan's "Middle-Skills" Jobs

Workforce Alliance - Skills2Compete: Michigan's Forgotten Middle Skills Jobs [2010].  Report indicates that the largest portion of job openings for Michigan by 2016 will be in the "middle-skill" job market - those that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree.  For the 2011 Fact Sheet, click here.

Community Colleges Conferring Baccalaureate Degrees

First public policy document in Michigan to advance the notion of the community colleges offering baccalaureates was the Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth (Cherry Commission)

A legislative study then identified communities/regions within Michigan with broad labor market needs (existing and emerging) that align with the concept and educational purposes of applied baccalaureate degrees [2008].  

The Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington DC concluded in their study Higher Education in Michigan: Overcoming Challenges to Expand Access that the baccalaureate authority for community colleges should be considered in Michigan [2008].  

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