Community college project aims to identify positive strategies

A new project launched by the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) will attempt to find out which policies in place at two-year schools are having the most effect on improving education for students, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The initiative will collect data from several different studies throughout the next three years and present annual findings on what strategies are working at community colleges. Academic leaders involved in the project say the results will allow community colleges to spend their money more wisely, which could be directly beneficial to students enrolling in two-year schools.

Experts say that, despite budget cuts, community colleges need to consider expanding programs that help students stay in school and ultimately graduate.

"That is where the ingenuity needs to come in," Kay McClenney, a senior lecturer in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, told the news source. "Scaling up usually means having to cut something else. Colleges need to have the courage to do that."

According to the CCCSE's website, a key goal of the surveys is to find out which programs offered by community colleges are working, and what kinds of students benefit the most.

Community colleges can be a great place to figure out what subjects you're good at, and get some experience in completing college-level coursework. 

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