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The Need for Comprehensive Reform: From Access to Completion

By: Thomas Bailey

Abstract

The Need for Comprehensive Reform: From Access to Completion

This chapter examines why typical reforms at community colleges in recent years have not improved institutional graduation rates. It argues that substantially increasing college completion requires comprehensive institutional reform with a focus on measurable student success, an intentional and cohesive package of programmatic components, and a culture of evidence.

This chapter is published in New Directions for Community Colleges, vol. 2016, no. 176.

An updated version of this chapter is published in EDUCAUSE Review.