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Changing Course: A Guide to Increasing Student Completion in Community Colleges

October 3, 2011

Most community colleges, as currently designed, are not fully set up to maximize student completion rates. Instead, many students are overwhelmed with the array of academic sequences, workforce programs (career training programs), transfer options, and continuing education opportunities available to them—thus hindering their success in college.This guide helps community college faculty, staff, and administrators rethink and redesign their systems, programs, and instruction to increase student completion, and:Identifies the goals of Completion by Design, an initiative that works with community colleges to increase completion and graduation rates for students, particularly those from low-income familiesSummarizes key design principles for improving completion rates

Changing Course: A Planning Tool to Increasing Student Completion in Community Colleges

October 3, 2011

This planning tool is designed to help community colleges facilitate productive conversations and develop comprehensive plans to significantly raise student completion rates.This resource draws from Changing Course: A Guide to Increasing Student Completion in Community Colleges and serves as a companion to that guide.While the guide introduces the key goals and principles of the Completion by Design initiative at WestEd, this companion planning tool provides:A series of self-reflective questions to help community colleges examine their own areas of strength and their emphasis on increasing student academic successInformation about the range of practices that community colleges have used to improve student completion rates