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Community College of Denver Uses Digital Storytelling to Improve Student Outcomes

Combining ancient narrative practices with new and emerging technological tools, digital storytelling emphasizes skills in writing, digital media production and design, and also helps students to develop both their personal and academic voice. But beyond these uses, the Community College of Denver has found the technique can be employed as something more: a tool for overall student engagement and retention.

New Report Looks at State and Local Tuition- and Debt-Free College Plans

A new report released this week looks at 11 plans that reduce or eliminate the cost of tuition or the need to borrow to cover it, including five at the state and two at the local level. The study summarizes the work of the Task Force on Assessing Tuition- and Debt-Free Higher Education, convened last July by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Western Governors University, Ohio Community Colleges Collaborate to Meet Needs of Adult Students

A partnership between Western Governors University (WGU) and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) will extend online, competency-based learning opportunities to all Ohio community college graduates. The agreement announced in October allows the graduates, as well as community college employees, to seamlessly transfer their coursework to WGU while also receiving a tuition discount at the accredited, nonprofit online university.

Discovering Hidden Barriers to Community College Enrollment and Success

When students apply to a community college, they expect enrollment to be a clear, orderly process. Unfortunately, for far too many students, it feels more like a maze, full of unknown steps, unfamiliar terminology and unexpected delays.
David Bevevino of the Education Advisory Board looks at how community college student onboarding is like a game of Chutes and Ladders—and what institutions can do to change it.

Long Beach College Promise Is a Model for Increasing the College Pipeline on a Local Level

New ACE member Long Beach City College (LBCC) is at the forefront of a nationally recognized initiative to prepare and send the city’s students to college.

Palo Alto College Helps Hispanic Students Succeed with STEM

New ACE member Palo Alto College (TX), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), time and time again has proven its dedication to helping Hispanic students not only succeed, but also thrive.

AACC Magazine Profiles ACE Fellow Kenya Ayers

The 2015-16 Class of the ACE Fellows Program just concluded their Fellowship year at institutions across the country, becoming a part of the integral process of building institutional capacity in the higher education leadership ranks.

Northwestern Broadens Opportunities for Transfer Students

Set just north of the urban powerhouse it calls home, Northwestern University (IL) is emphasizing a vital element of its demographic landscape—community college transfer students.

Disrupting the Bachelor’s Degree

It was 2001, and Florida had a serious higher education capacity problem. One major indicator: the state hired 32,000 new teachers, but its colleges and universities combined to graduate 3,200 students with bachelor’s degrees in education that year and only about 1,600 of them actually went on to teach.

Shakespeare’s First Folio Begins Cross-Country Tour at University of Notre Dame

William Shakespeare is hitting the road, and he’s bringing his first folio with him. Among his stops will be 20 colleges and universities across the country, beginning next week with the University of Notre Dame (IN).

Bergen Community College Program Ensures All Adults Have the Opportunity to Excel

At Bergen Community College (BCC) in New Jersey, students with intellectual disabilities are able to reach college and career milestones they never thought were possible through a new program called Garden State Pathways to Independence for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Project.

SDSU and Rio Salado College Empowering Student Veterans to Succeed, On and Off Campus

In commemoration of Veterans Day, we wanted to share with you two ACE member institutions that have initiated innovative programs and services for student veterans: San Diego State University and Rio Salado College in Arizona.