Meeting the Completion Challenge

Targeting High-Return Student Success Strategies

Topics: Community College

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About the Webconference

In 2009, President Obama issued a call to action, proclaiming that by “2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” More so than ever before, educational attainment is critical to individual and national success.

Since the announcement of President Obama’s graduation initiative, completion has become a key pillar of community college mission. But with limited resources to invest and declining state financial support, leaders must determine which completion strategies deliver the greatest return on investment.

Meeting the Completion Challenge is a direct response to member requests for a strategic high-level overview of student success and completion strategies. This research profiles high-impact student success initiatives at community colleges across North America and marks the beginning of the Forum’s research on completion. Topics of discussion include developing a “student-centered” college through improvements to administrative functions, accelerating developmental education, and building new pathways to the workforce.

Presenter: Sarah Zauner

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