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October 23, 2019 // East Valley Tribune

MCC Hall of Fame to induct 11 area leaders

Mesa Community College is inducting 11 alumni and community members into the MCC Hall of Fame, including Mark Milliron, Ph. D, Civitas Learning co-founder and Chief Learning Officer.

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October 17, 2019 // NACADA Blog

What helps our students most? The data say advising works best.

Every day, you go into your office and you work diligently to improve student success. It’s hard work, but it’s noble work. The good news is that — overall, advising work is working. It’s proven to improve student persistence by 5.8 percentage points. The lift is even more significant for our most vulnerable students.

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October 14, 2019 // The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Real Change Looks Like

Whether you’re energized, skeptical, or a bit of both, there’s no denying that the innovation imperative has become an animating force in college leadership since the 2000s, and especially in the wake of the Great Recession. More than a talking point and a conference theme, it is now a currency of its own, a standard by which institutions and presidents are judged and even ranked.

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October 14, 2019 // EDUCAUSE Review

Catching the Waves: Technology and the Community College

Four waves of technology are linked to access and success—the twin pillars of community college philosophy. We are poised to have more tools, techniques, and technologies at our fingertips than ever before to help our students access learning, succeed on their learning journeys, and ready themselves for productive careers and lives.

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October 12, 2019 // Mesa Community College

Alumni and Community Members Honored with MCC Hall of Fame Awards

Eleven outstanding alumni and community members will be welcomed into Mesa Community College’s Hall of Fame during a reception and ceremony hosted by the MCC Alumni Association on October 24. The MCC Hall of Fame honors alumni, community members, and MCC employees whose personal and professional accomplishments, and positive contributions to the college and community set them apart.

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October 2, 2019 // EdDive

What 5 colleges learned from implementing guided pathways

Guided pathways have become a full-fledged movement among community colleges in the past few years.

So far, more than 300 institutions have adopted the model, which helps students graduate on time by outlining the courses they need to earn a credential or transfer to a four-year college.

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September 20, 2019 // eCampus News

Do student success initiatives actually help?

Student success initiatives may not have as much impact as intended–a new study shows that just 60 percent of student success initiatives have a positive impact on student persistence, with 40 percent having either no impact or a negative impact.

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September 12, 2019 // Campus Technology

How Personalized Support and a Culture of Data Can Jumpstart Student Success

The University of South Florida has had formal programs to improve graduation and student success rates for a decade. The institution launched a Student Success Task Force in 2009, and was able to raise six-year graduation rates from 48 percent to 68 percent in 2014. But those gains plateaued two points shy of the state of Florida’s benchmark to measure excellence in student success.

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September 12, 2019 // EdSurge

To Retain College Students, Look to Academic Support and Campus Activities, New Report Finds

What keeps college students coming back for more? A new report on the effects college programs have on student retention attempts to answer that question.

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September 11, 2019 // Inside Higher Ed

Report: Student Support Data, Not Best Practices, Drives Persistence

New research analyzing more than 1,000 student support initiatives at 55 institutions found that 40 percent of those services demonstrated no impact on student persistence.

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