Rocío Hernandez Fajardo
March 18, 2019
The 2019 NASPA Community College Institute kicked off with NASPA President Kevin Kruger welcoming over 130 attendees representing over 70 colleges from across the country as we began conversations around the Institute themes of emergency aid, outcomes assessment, and strategic enrollment management. Dr. Kruger shared data highlighting the important role that community colleges have with today’s ever changing student population. The definition of the college student is changing with an increasing non-traditional student population; one in 5 students is at least 30 years old, 1 in 4 is caring for a child, 47% go to school part time at some point and more students are engaging in online learning. The public and four year sectors are seeing that students are staying near home, within an 8 mile radius, to go to college.
In addition to some of these changes, we know students are facing non-academic challenges. As shared by Dr. Kruger, more campuses are hiring social workers and case managers and are providing basic needs services such as food pantries, bookstore and meal vouchers, emergency loans, small grants and mental health and well-being services. Some of the top barriers to graduation include time management (36%), anxiety (fear of failure) (35%), being overwhelmed managing the responsibilities, study skills and inability to focus. Given the changing student population and the prevalent needs, we now, more than ever, need a sense of urgency.
On the second day of the Institute, we were joined by Chancellor of the Alamo Colleges in Texas, Dr. Mike Flores. Similar to Dr. Kruger, Dr. Flores shared key data from the Alamo system relating to advancing the equity agenda.
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