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.

CUNY to Bolster Community College Graduation Rates

The City University of New York has announced a groundbreaking partnership with New York City to significantly increase graduation rates at its community colleges. CUNY will scale-up its already successful Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, with plans to grow the program from 4,000 to 25,000 students over the next three years and raise the graduation rate to 34 percent by 2025.

Maricopa Community Colleges Help Foster Youth Transition to Success

Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ) recently launched a new project aimed at creating a community of support and access for youth aging out of the foster care system. The “Bridging Success Initiative” will help foster children get into and complete college by focusing on retention, degree completion and transfer.

Institutions Using Required Reading to Forge Campus Connections

As colleges and universities gear up for the fall semester, many students are likely scrambling to finish one last task: summer reading. Many schools require incoming freshman, and sometimes the entire student body, to read one book in order to create academic and other connections across the campus community. Here’s what several of our member institutions are reading for this fall.

Sinclair Community College Making Strides Toward Completion

Over the past 15 years, Sinclair Community College has committed to increasing completion rates and improving student success. Through a series of campus-wide initiatives, including making student orientation mandatory, workforce connections, K-12 partnerships, and streamlining student support services, Sinclair has increased its 5-year graduation by 75 percent since 1999.

UMass Attracts Community College Honors Students With New Scholarship

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched a new scholarship program designed to encourage top students from the commonwealth’s community colleges to finish their bachelor’s degrees. The scholarship will expand on the work of MassTransfer, an initiative to encourage students to take advantage of community college’s lower costs before completing their degrees at UMass.

VIDEO: President Obama Announces Free Community College Plan

For a summary of the proposal and media reaction, see: FRIDAY BUZZ: President Obama Proposes Two Years of Free Community College

Colleges and Universities Giving Back to Their Communities on #GivingTuesday

On Dec. 2, charities, businesses, families and schools around the world will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday was established in 2012 by Henry Timms, now the executive director of New York’s 92nd Street Y, as an answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The Evolving Role of Community Colleges

Community colleges nationwide increasingly are being called on to play a major role in the effort to increase the number of Americans with a college degree or credential—and to do so at an affordable cost. Community colleges are undergoing a transformation and stand “front and center” in the drive to develop the workforce the United… Read more »