Teachers College, Columbia University

Redesigning America's Community Colleges: Book Talk and Panel

Date and Time: May 14, 2015 12:30–2:00 PM
Location: Washington, DC
Venue: American Association of Community Colleges

Despite almost two decades of reform efforts, completion rates at community colleges have remained flat. In Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success, CCRC's Thomas Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars, and Davis Jenkins provide a comprehensive diagnosis of why community college reform efforts have had only modest effects on student outcomes, and argue that only a fundamental change in how community colleges are organized can significantly increase student success. During this book talk and panel, the authors, along with David Baime of AACC and moderator Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed, discussed the book's proposed model for institutional reform, which involves creating more defined program pathways and rethinking student intake and supports.

A recording of the talk is available to view below.

Associated Papers


Director Emeritus and Senior Fellow
Community College Research Center
Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center
Senior Research Scholar
Community College Research Center
David Baime
Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Research
American Association of Community Colleges
Paul Fain
Senior Fellow
Strada Center for Education Consumer Insights