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The Community Colleges Students Need Now

Community colleges must figure out how to move forward in a time of upheaval. As they face enrollment declines, students’ greater needs, and pandemic-era learning loss, among other challenges, the mission of social mobility is more important than ever. How are community colleges remaking the paths to a postsecondary credential?

In the third of our four-part series, “Going Forward: The Higher Ed We Need Now,” we will examine how community colleges are expanding outreach and prioritizing equity to serve today’s students.

Join the co-hosts Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, and Scott Carlson, a senior writer at The Chronicle, as they convene an expert panel to answer such questions as:

  • What opportunities and support do students in different populations find most valuable?
  • How are colleges transforming partnerships with employers and industries?
  • What changes in course delivery and the academic calendar benefit students?
  • How can colleges make the most of federal relief funds and other investments in work-force training and student success?

Hosts:

  • Scott Carlson, senior writer, The Chronicle
  • Michael J. Sorrell, president, Paul Quinn College

Panelists include:

  • Latricia D. Brand, chief diversity officer, Portland Community College
  • Shauna Davis, strategy director for participation at community colleges, Lumina Foundation
  • Barbara Gooch, student, Volunteer State Community College
  • Niesha Ziehmke, associate dean for academic affairs, Guttman Community College

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