By J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. Cochise College financial aid and transfer metrics may never have been as exciting as when Dr. Verlyn Fick, vice president for instruction/provost, presented these topics at the October Governing Board meeting. Financial aid has changed significantly since Verlyn began his career in academia, and recent changes at the federal level, as […]
By J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. Leaders are in demand at community colleges across the nation. A study by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) found that 75 percent of survey respondents anticipated retiring within 10 years, and that colleges also could expect significant turnover among senior administrators […]
As the world deals with global threats and unpredictable markets and the United States prepares for an important election, the term “creative destruction” or “disruptive innovation” has been regularly on my mind. In Forbes, contributor Adam Hartung recently applied the theory to the social climate that led to Brexit and the current U.S. presidential race. […]
By J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. Community colleges across America are celebrating National Community College month. While it’s not clear who declared April 2016 in our honor, I’ll take this opportunity to join the festivities. Nationally, over 50 million students enroll in 1,100 public, independent and tribal community colleges, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. […]
Cochise College is full of interesting people doing interesting things. Nothing makes me more proud in my role as Cochise College president than seeing their impact on students. So sit back and relax. We’re entering “spring awards and graduation season,” and I don’t want the following news to get lost. This month, Cochise College became […]
By J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. It would be easy to lump all community colleges into the same category. Most of the more than 1,200 such colleges offer technical training and provide an affordable foundation for students seeking to transfer to a university. But community colleges are not all the same. Their unique governance model helps distinguish […]
By J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. Sienna Hope Martinez’s path to a bachelor’s degree is likely to have taken six or more years if not for a scholarship. Her family income wouldn’t allow for studies free of worry about how to pay for the next class or whether taking a break would help her save up for […]
By J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D. The year 2016 may go down in history as the time Arizona began its climb toward the top of the education rankings. The state is taking steps to improve both standards and funding. The process will take time and may be difficult, but the benefits will be worth it. Public awareness […]
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