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Innovation & Inquiry for Student Learning
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Lumina Foundation for Education Funder for the IISL Consortium
    Report: Highlighting important research in postsecondary education
  Achieving the Dream
25 Steps to Effective Developmental Education
Byron McClenney, former community college president now at the Community College Leadership Program, University of Texas
Progress Report on Achieving the Dream. This joint report of MDRC and the Community College Research Center describes the progress of the Achieving the Dream institutions. These community colleges are funded by Lumina Foundation for Education for the purposes of building a culture of evidence to support student success.

Consortia and Organizations (and specific resources)

American Association of Community Colleges

Assessment, Teaching and Learning for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) (located in Washington State)

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Community College Research Center

  • An Inside Higher Education brief article calls attention to findings from a CCRC report on institutional research capacity at community colleges.
  • Bulleted summary report (pdf file) summarizing research findings on effective developmental/remedial education.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement

  • Community College Survey on Student Engagement A 2006 CCSSE report finds students are more likely to indicate that their coursework emphasizes memorizing facts than higher-order cognition such as "using information you have read to perform a new skill" or "applying theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations."

Getting Results is a set of free downloadable multimedia professional development modules for training community college faculty in the pedagogical use of student learning outcomes. The modules use examples from the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with a specific focus on Advanced Technology Education classrooms. The Getting Results modules were developed through a partnership of WGBH-TV and the League for Innovation and were supported by NSF funding.

League for Innovation in the Community College

  • The 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project involved sixteen community colleges defining and documenting student achievement of learning outcomes.
  • The Learning College Project; has involved twelve vanguard; community colleges; strongly commited to the learning college concept. Project objectives have focused on organizational culture, staff recruitment and development, technology, learning outcomes, and underprepared students.

LINKup Employability Skills an alternative approach to fostering the learning and assessment of transferable skills. Originally developed in the context of an electronics program in a technical college in Australia, it features self assessment and flexible certification rather than integration or links to general education.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment 

Quality in Undergraduate Education

Strengthening Pre-collegiate Education in Community Colleges (SPECC)
a Carnegie Foundation project
A set of downloable reports on faculty inquiry and developing student basic skills

Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education

Participating Institutions
Sites of Interest
Help for Consortium