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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition


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Institute of First-Year Student Success in the Community College

With enrollments in community colleges on the rise, the quality of the first-year experience for students is critical to their success, whether they wish to obtain a certificate, earn an associate degree, or transfer to a four-year institution.

The Institute on First-Year Student Success in the Community College will provide attendees the opportunity to discuss the current role of the community college in higher education and develop an action plan for creating or enhancing pathways to community college student success. Interactive sessions are designed with practical application in mind so that participants will be ready to implement strategic initiatives when they return to campus.

Focused Topics

  • The American community college today
  • Understanding entering community college students
  • What works in student retention at community colleges
  • Academic advising/career development
  • Effective transfer initiatives: Preparing students to move on
  • Increasing the engagement, learning, and success of underprepared
  • Assessing the first-year experience at community colleges
  • Active learning strategies: A critical skill for success in the first year of college