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Why federal financial aid isn't enough for students

on May 16, 2017  |  Permalink

Topics: Student Retention and Success, Student Engagement, Student Affairs, Student Health and Wellness, Community College, Administration and Finance

What’s more personal than money? The dollar bill, dinero, dough, or green—no matter what you call it, money (or the lack of it) can make your life great, manageable, or downright tough. As one who has experienced the highs and lows of cash, I’ve seen how finances can cause people to withdraw from life or, on the flipside, find creative ways to get the resources they need.

Consider two students: Cassidy, 21, is an aspiring college graduate and young mother residing in Washington, D.C. She is exhausted from the demands of balancing school, work, mounting bills, and a recent family death, and decides to withdraw from community college three weeks into her third semester. Pete, 37, is a displaced worker, father of three, and student in rural Pennsylvania. He utilizes food stamps, bus passes, and church donations to cover necessities, and will graduate this month with an associate’s degree. Both individuals struggled to remain engaged in their education while managing the realities of low-income life, but Pete makes it to the finish line by taking advantage of personal networks and available resources. This type of support is crucial, but often overlooked in national conversations about financial aid.

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Why federal financial aid isn't enough for students

EAB wins AACC 2017 Innovation Award

Melinda Salaman on April 13, 2017  |  Permalink

Topics: Student Retention and Success, Degree Progress, Community College, Academic Affairs

What an exciting year of national recognition for our team at EAB. First, the GPS Direct Seal of Approval from Complete College America, and now, we are proud to announce we are the winners of the 2017 Innovation Award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

On behalf of our broader team of researchers, dedicated consultants, software developers, and UX testers who make the EAB Navigate technology possible, we accept the award as an energizing and humbling honor.

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7 Tweets that could reshape tomorrow’s workforce

Melinda Salaman on April 10, 2017  |  Permalink

Topics: Student Retention and Success, Student Engagement, Academic Affairs, Academic Planning, Community College

Last Thursday, I played hooky. Instead of my usual morning research at EAB, I participated in “Crunching the Numbers: A Forum on Data Analytics and Tomorrow’s Workforce,” hosted by The Atlantic. As a self-proclaimed higher education nerd and budding tweeter, I thought I might learn some interesting insights worth sharing with EAB members via social media—and I was right.

The session consisted of various panel discussions with leaders in business, policy, and higher education, and provided a thoughtful overview of big challenges and opportunities for data analytics careers. While the event title referenced “tomorrow’s workforce,” employers today seek candidates to fill these roles, and higher education leaders must act now to prepare students for success in this emerging industry.

As Eduardo Padrón, the president of Miami-Dade College put it: "Data analytics is taking over the world."

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7 Tweets that could reshape tomorrow’s workforce