CCBC recognized as a leader in the national student completion movement
Baltimore, Md. (Nov. 15, 2012) th The Community College of Baltimore County was recognized as a leader in the national student completion movement by Achieving the Dream,
(Media-Newswire.com) - Baltimore, Md. ( Nov. 15, 2012 ) – The Community College of Baltimore County was recognized as a leader in the national student completion movement by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success and completion.
CCBC, one of 14 institutions designated as a 2012 Leader College, was recognized for demonstrating sustained improvement and accomplishments on key student achievement indicators, including student persistence and completion.
The 14 new Leader Colleges are:
Bay de Noc Community College ( Escanaba, MI ) Central Piedmont Community College ( Charlotte, NC ) Community College of Baltimore County ( Baltimore, MD ) College of the Ouachitas ( Malvern, AR ) Davidson County Community College ( Thomasville, NC ) Elgin Community College ( Elgin, IL ) Greenville Technical College ( Greenville, SC ) Lone Star College System ( The Woodlands, TX ) National Park Community College ( Hot Springs, AR ) Springfield Technical Community College ( Springfield, MA ) Temple College ( Temple, TX ) Texarkana College ( Texarkana, TX ) Trident Technical College ( North Charleston, SC ) University of Hawai’i Community Colleges ( Honolulu, HI )* “We are proud to be among this elite group of community colleges that have proven their commitment to student success,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “At CCBC, we have developed a culture of completion embraced by all who work at the college. We are committed to developing big interventions that are broad-based and impact thousands of students to drive student success. It is our duty to use our time, talents and resources to helping our students succeed.”
Leader Colleges are demonstrating the power of the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement by raising persistence and graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. Each college approaches the work differently, but with the guidance of the model and Achieving the Dream Coaches, colleges implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success.
Examples include: college readiness programs, mandatory new student orientation, student success courses, developmental course redesign, curriculum redesign, and intensive and individualized advising.
“We are proud of CCBC for earning this respected distinction,” said Rachel Singer, Achieving the Dream vice president for Community College Relations and Applied Research. “CCBC has raised the bar on promising practices that will impact policies to help more students succeed. They deserve recognition for their dedication to the student success movement.”
In order to be eligible for Leader College distinction, colleges must demonstrate commitment to and progress on the principles and values of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement all guided by a student-centered vision focused on equity and excellence. Additionally, each Leader College has successfully implemented at least one student success intervention that is advancing student outcomes.
These colleges have identified workable solutions to issues such as enhancing the experience of first-year students, improving developmental education, closing achievement gaps, strengthening academic and personal advising for students in need of additional support, strengthening links to high schools and four-year institutions to strengthen student preparation and advancement, and increasing retention, persistence rates, and the number of certificate and degree recipients.
About the Community College of Baltimore County ( www.ccbcmd.edu ) CCBC offers hundreds of programs and thousands of courses helping people of all ages, backgrounds and interests earn degrees, transfer, launch or advance careers, and prepare for in-demand jobs.
Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.”
CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 ( 267-284-5000 ). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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Achieving the Dream Inc. Achieving the Dream Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1 ) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2 ) leading policy change, 3 ) generating knowledge, and 4 ) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success and completion in higher education history. With nearly 200 colleges, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 32 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps 3.75 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams. To learn more, visit www.AchievingtheDream.org.
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