Creating a Central Role for Community Colleges
The College Board and America’s community colleges share a common mission to support student success in higher education. The Community College Advisory Panel, a standing committee of community college and other education leaders, helps guide the College Board’s work with community colleges. The National Office of Community College Initiatives and the College Board’s Advocacy & Policy Center also assist in advancing this critical partnership.
Recent projects include The Completion Arch: Measuring Community College Student Success, which is a comprehensive framework that describes the academic progress of community college students from first enrollment to entry into the workforce after college; Destinations of Choice Initiative, which highlights the central role of community colleges in America’s educational future; a series of interviews with four-year college and university leaders concerning student transfer and how this pathway can be improved; the National Commission on Community Colleges whose report, Winning the Skills Race and Strengthening the Middle Class, outlines a state and federal policy agenda to strengthen community colleges; and the Community College Counselor Sourcebook, a resource that highlights the pivotal role of community college counselors.
The College Board also works with community colleges nationally on issues such as accountability, financial aid, basic skills assessment, student transfer and student retention. Contact email@example.com for additional information on these and other community college-focused initiatives.
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As a community college educator, you help your students succeed in college. Whether they want to earn an A.A. or A.S. degree, prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university, or complete a vocational certificate, your students rely on you for advice and counsel. The College Board offers a variety of programs and services to help you serve your students and their families.
- College counseling support: The College Board offers information and programs that help you advise your students about becoming successful college students, as well as how to prepare them for transfer to a four-year college or university.
- Financial aid services for higher education: We know that one of the most pressing concerns of community college students and their families is how to pay for college. Fortunately, the College Board's website, College Board services and a number of publications provide clear and up-to-date information about college costs and financial aid.
- College advising and placement tools: Community college professionals nationwide use College Board assessments to help pinpoint student strengths and weaknesses and to help students advance academically.
- Recruitment and admissions services: The College Board has extensive experience helping colleges and universities recruit and enroll students using the latest web-based technologies in cost-effective ways.
- College Board data, reports, and research: Each year the College Board conducts research studies that explore a broad range of educational issues such as college success, student academic preparation, college placement and educational policy.
- Professional development opportunities: The College Board offers community college educators a variety of opportunities to strengthen skills and advance their careers.
The College Board’s National Office of Community College Initiatives
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