As the digital revolution has swept through higher education, it has opened up new ways for economically disadvantaged or otherwise underserved students to learn and thrive academically. Perhaps nowhere is this more acutely felt than in the community college sector. LearningExpress recently hosted the “Recipe for Academic Triumph: Steps to Empower Students” webinar with two staffers from Pueblo Community College (PCC), which serves about 7,500 students across four campuses in southern Colorado. Ross Barnhart is the Director of PCC’s Learning Center on the main campus in Pueblo, Colo., a multi-use space offering a variety of student services. Christina McGrath is PCC’s Library Director, working to deliver digital and physical resources to all students. What follow are some highlights from our conversation:
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There’s no single path to success in college and beyond. Each individual must pursue personal goals, negotiate unique academic challenges, and make difficult professional decisions, all on his or her own unique timeline. To demonstrate a typical student’s pathway to earning an Associate degree, we’ve created a scenario with a fictitious student, Amy.
In a tough job market with flat wages, few job opportunities for high school graduates, and ever-increasing tuition costs, colleges are expected to maximize students’ time and money, as well as keep their graduation rates competitive and their programs attractive. See some steps that can help accomplish these challenging goals.