EDITORS′ NOTES 1Brad C. Phillips, Jordan E. Horowitz
FOREWORD 5Walter G. Bumphus
1. Leadership Matters: Addressing the Student Success and Completion Agenda 7Byron N. McClenneyTransforming institutional culture to focus on student success is a key role of leadership. The over nine years of observations of leadership coaches in Achieving the Dream provide insight into making this transformation.
2. Maximizing Data Use: A Focus on the Completion Agenda 17Brad C. Phillips, Jordan E. HorowitzCommunity colleges are data rich but information poor. A transformative model is presented for engaging educational institutions in using data to inform policy and program decisions focused on increasing completion.
3. Get With the Program ... and Finish It: Building Guided Pathways to Accelerate Student Completion 27Davis Jenkins, Sung–Woo ChoPlacing students in defined pathways upon entry has been shown to dramatically increase student completion. A growing number of colleges and universities are redesigning academic programs and support services to create guided pathways.
4. Acceleration Strategies in the New Developmental Education Landscape 37Andrea Venezia, Katherine L. HughesNew approaches to increasing remedial/developmental educational success are being tested and showing promise, helping more students prepare for, and move into, college–level courses more quickly.
5. Working Across the Segments: High Schools and the College Completion Agenda 47Shelly Valdez, David MarshallAn intersegmental approach to vertical curriculum alignment can increase student preparation for higher education and improve student success. New content standards make teaming with local high schools even more important as these standards are implemented.
6. Tuning Toward Completion 57Marcus Kolb, Michelle Kalina, Adina ChapmanTuning has significant benefits in supporting the completion agenda, and community colleges have a significant role to play in this national movement.
7. Unmet Need and Unclaimed Aid: Increasing Access to Financial Aid for Community College Students 67Julia I. LopezCommunity colleges must make financial aid receipt a priority for lowincome students if they hope to increase completion.