Join Us in Georgetown!

The 2017 TCCTA Conference for Faculty Leaders will be held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center, on Sept. 29-30. The Fall Conference for Faculty Leaders focuses on issues related to the role of faculty in the college decision-making process; including legal issues, the legislature, student success, and programs that relate immediately to your […]

Ads Tout Career Education

The State of California has produced a number of TV and online ads promoting Career Education at its community colleges. Please have a look at this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Scott Carlson for a description and analysis. The ads are impressive. You should be able to view them from this link. The […]

The DMV and Guided Pathways

The Department of Motor Vehicles (which goes by various names depending on the state) is symbolic to some commentators, representing an arbitrary government bureaucracy, dispensing arcane rules and weird stipulations upon hapless individuals trying to renew their driver’s licenses. We’ve all been there, praying we possess the right documents to certify residency, citizenship, and insurance, […]

Panhandle Colleges Implement “Campus Carry”

Community colleges appear set for the August 1 deadline to implement the law, passed in 2015, requiring institutions to allow licensed carriers of concealed firearms to bring their weapons into campus buildings. Since each college is unique in terms of its logistical situation and local culture, media coverage around the state focusing on this issue […]

Texas and Co-Requisite Remediation

If you are in the field of developmental education you have probably already heard about an important impending change in state policy. Last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law the use of co-requisite remediation as the required model for students in developmental education courses. Co-requisite remediation places students in college-level, or gateway, English […]

Consortium Breaks New Ground

Many colleges work with industry leaders and local school districts to train students for good jobs and careers in their region. A good example, recently profiled by Michel Bratten in Community College Daily, is at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. Please have a look. The consortium there has a formal structure, which may be […]

MOOCs and SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants is a talking sponge who lives beneath the ocean, in the pleasant community of Bikini Bottom, with his many cartoon friends. But you knew that already. If not, here is background. The thing about SpongeBob is his eternal optimism and good cheer. Notwithstanding daunting challenges, which can be formidable in Bikini Bottom, Bob […]

Court Rejects “Campus Carry” Claim

A federal judge in Texas has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three University of Texas at Austin professors seeking to overturn the state’s 2015 “campus carry” law, which allows licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns inside most public university buildings. It’s covered by Matthew Watkins in the Texas Tribune. The suit claimed, among other arguments, […]

The All-OER Path

A new study of 38 community colleges participating in an open education resources (OER) initiative says that students in OER courses engage with the content as well or better than students in non-OER classes using traditional course materials. It’s reported in Community College Daily.  The study from Achieving the Dream gauges the progress of the […]

The 21st Century Library

We have observed many times the significant changes in the library—and librarians—since the advent of the internet. For a comprehensive view of where things stand right now, and with specific examples, please have a look at this article by Shannon Najmabadi, in the Chronicle of Higher Education. If you are unable to access the content for […]