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COMBASE National Update Charlotte, NC September 16, 2008 George R. Boggs
Community College Values • Access >>> Success • Community Responsiveness • Clear Focus on Student Learning • Resourcefulness Entrepreneurial Spirit Creativeness Innovativeness
The Degree Gap Percent with BA or higher (2000) • 28% of whites • 17% of African Americans • 11% of Hispanics
Rate 88.8% 68.2% 53.3% Family Income > $74,584 $25,064-$47,405 < $25,064 Relationship of Income to College Access
High Skilled & Unskilled Jobs as a % of the Workforce, 2000 to 2012 Societal Change Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Certificates and Degrees change lives Higher levels of education lead to higher earnings for all racial and ethnic groups and for both men and women. People with associate degrees generally earn 20 to 30 percent more than people with only high school diplomas.
Projected Growth in Supply and Demand of Workers With Some Postsecondary Education, 1998 to 2028 Education Required Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau and National Alliance of Business
America’s Future at Stake • 75% of new jobs require some post-secondary education. • Only 35% of Americans (25-34) have 2 or more years post-secondary education. • -Source: 2000 dataNational Information Center for Higher Ed.
Job growth estimates for the 2010 workforce Based on 2005 U.S Census data +U.S. Department of Education, Office of Adult and Vocational Education, "The Economic Imperative for Improving Education," in The High School Leadership Summit, Issue Papers (Washington D.C., 2003), Figure 2.
Today’s Workforce: Data for 25+ year olds Source: 2005 U.S Census data
“Work gets done where it can be done most efficiently and effectively.” (Friedman, 2005)
More Emphasis on STEM Competitiveness • NAS Gathering Storm report • Friedman’s flat world • NSB commission • ACGs and SMART Grants • WDI • AACC/NSF ATE PI conference
More Enrollment Pressure for CCs • Rising university tuition costs and increased selectivity will drive more students to CCs • Increased need for LLL will drive up enrollments • Retiring Baby Boomers will increase enrollments
Immigration will remain a political issue for a while • DREAM act will still be politically sensitive • May cool somewhat if economy continues to be strong • Growing recognition for need to retain some international students
Accountability Again • More focus on success of students—not just access • Evidence of student learning will be required by accrediting agencies, states, and federal government • Colleges will move toward a culture of evidence and use of data
We can help more community college students succeed • Achieving the Dream is about being open and forthright about performance — and doing what it takes to improve it.
Trend for Increased Student Mobility, but many are Place-Bound • Better articulation agreements with universities • More university centers on CC campuses • More distance learning opportunities
More Focus on K-12 Transitions • Expectations for HE need to be made clear • Transitions need to be improved • League’s CCTI • GEAR-UP • Concurrent enrollment • Middle College HS
Growing Importance of Global & Intercultural Education • Emerging global society and economy • Friedman’s flat world • Bush National Defense Foreign Language Initiative • AACC work with Dept. of State • AACC Recruitment efforts • Trips, Web page, study guide, map
Funding Issues will Remain • More competition for state resources • For-profit institutions will become more aggressive in seeking public funds • CCs will become more adept in seeking private resources, earmarks, and grant funds
Current Issues • Presidential Campaigns • Campus safety and security • Accreditation challenges • Leadership and faculty turnover • Environmental Issues • Additional Policy Issues • WIA Reauthorization, Tax Issues, etc.
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