From Special Occasion to Regular Work

January 11, 2009

A Carnegie Perspectives repost By Pat Hutchings The author of this month’s Carnegie Perspectives is Pat Hutchings. Pat is Carnegie’s vice president, and among her many responsibilities is her deep involvement in Strengthening Pre-collegiate Education in Community Colleges (SPECC), a joint initiative of Carnegie and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to address basic skills […]

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When Access is Not Enough

January 11, 2009

A Carnegie Perspectives repost By Vincent Tinto Over the past several years, the Carnegie Foundation has had the privilege of working with community colleges in California. That work has brought home both the great strength of these institutions and the challenges they face. It has also created occasions for us to interact with others working […]

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Learning about Student Learning from Community Colleges

January 11, 2009

A Carnegie Perspectives repost By Pat Hutchings and Lee Shulman It’s hard to find a campus in these days of number crunching and accountability that doesn’t have some kind of office of institutional research. These offices vary a lot, with large research universities supporting a staff of a dozen or more, and small colleges sometimes […]

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Creating Windows on Learning

January 11, 2009

A Carnegie Perspectives repost By Molly Breen Every year hundreds of thousands of students begin their higher education in community colleges. Of course, these institutions also bring in large numbers of new faculty. For both groups, students and faculty alike, there are plenty of challenges to go around. Imagine yourself in the shoes of a […]

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Pipeline or Pipedream: Another Way to Think about Basic Skills

January 11, 2009

A Carnegie Perspectives repost By Rose Asera If I asked you—as an educated adult—what you remember about learning to read or to do basic arithmetic, you might recall some fleeting images: being read to by a parent or studying a book with big letters and pictures at your school desk. But by now these skills […]

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A Mathematician’s Proposal

January 11, 2009

A Carnegie Perspectives repost Michael C. Burke (College of San Mateo; Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Foundation) In Mathematics and Democracy, Lynn Arthur Steen describes quantitative literacy as “a habit of mind, an approach to problems that employs and enhances both statistics and mathematics.” What characterizes this habit of mind, this way of thinking? Why is it […]

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The Case for Common Examinations

November 14, 2008

A Carnegie Perspectives repost Lloyd Bond, Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching The notion that all students who take the same course at a given college should take common examinations has been around for a long time. But programs that regularly employ common examinations are still rare, primarily because they require a […]

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