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2-Year College Groups on Collaboration With K-12

November 28, 2018

Two community college associations on Wednesday released recommendations for improving coordination between the two-year sector and K-12 schools to improve graduation rates and labor market outcomes.

The report from the Association of Community College Trustees, the American Association of Community Colleges and the Education Strategy Group recognizes successful partnerships as models for other colleges. It also recommends that community colleges focus on three priorities in their collaboration with K-12:

  • Accelerating academic transitions with college course-taking opportunities in high school or by bringing developmental education to high school;
  • Extending navigational supports by strengthening academic counseling and providing clear academic and career pathways for students;
  • Serving as career bridges that guide students from high school to a credential with currency in the labor market.

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Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Contributing Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

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