WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Education Department is planning four regional community college summits in the next two months, Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Thursday. The goal of the summits, which continue discussions begun last fall at the Jill Biden-hosted White House Summit on Community Colleges, is “to identify promising practices for increasing completion at community colleges.” Each summit has been given a specific focus:
- Feb. 28, Community College of Philadelphia: “Transitioning Adult Learners to Community Colleges and the Workforce”
- March 9, Lone Star College System, Houston: “Successful Transfer Programs”
- March 23, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis: “Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Employers”
- April 15, San Diego Community College District: “Exemplary Programs for Veterans, Military Members, and Families”
An Education Department announcement notes that “representatives from community colleges, business and industry, philanthropy, labor, state and local government, and students” will be invited to the summits. Though the announcement notes that community college presidents may "kick-off the summits," it does not explicitly mention faculty involvement in them. The lack of faculty members at last fall’s White House summit was a point of contention.