Panel on 2-Year-College Success Takes Shape

June 3, 2010

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday appointed 15 people to a new panel charged with helping two-year colleges comply with a new federal requirement that degree-granting institutions report on their completion or graduation rates. The reporting requirement was one of many included in the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, and the law called for creating the Committee on Measures of Student Success to recognize the fact that traditional measures of completion and graduation do not work for many community colleges (and other institutions, for that matter), given the flow of students into and out of the institutions for financial and other reasons. The panel will be headed by Thomas Bailey, a professor of economics and education at Columbia University's Teachers College and head of its Community College Research Center. The panel's other members, and their affiliations, are:

  • Margarita Benitez, senior associate, Excelencia in Education
  • Wayne Burton, president, North Shore Community College
  • Kevin Carey, policy director, Education Sector
  • Alisa Federico Cunningham, vice president, Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • Jacob Fraire, assistant vice president for educational alliances, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
  • Isabel Friedman, student, University of Pennsylvania
  • Millie Garcia, president, California State University at Dominguez Hills
  • Sharon Kristovich, higher education consultant
  • Harold Levy, managing director, Palm Ventures; former chancellor of New York City Public Schools
  • Geri Palast, executive director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity
  • Patrick Perry, vice chancellor, California Community College System
  • Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, deputy director, MDRC
  • Linda Thor, chancellor, De Anza College
  • Belle Wheelan, president, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges

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