Evaluating Students for College Success

Hi Tracy

    Yes I do believe that everyone has to be on the same page for a proqram like Northern Virginia 

Community College or any program like it to work(NVCC ).There were three things that you mentioned in your post and I agree with them entirely .First data has to be gathered and assessed to determine the needs and skills of students , create a team to design a plan and proceed with the implementation.  I also feel this program would work at the community college here with alignment to data,team design and implementation.

     In Tinto’s (1997) “Dimensions of Institutional Action” he talks about the principles of effective retention and they are ,Institutional Commitment to the Students: Effective retention programs are committed to the students they serve, They put student welfare ahead of other institutional goals. Educational commitment : Effective retention programs are first and foremost committed 

To the education of all not just some of their students. The social and intellectual community : Effective retention programs are committed to the development of supportive social  and educational communities in which all students are integrated as competent members.

Website: Northern Virginia Community College. (n.d.). Pathway to the baccalaureate program. Retrieved from http://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/ 

Tinto, V( 1997) Classrooms as Communities: Exploring the education character of student persistence. Journal of Higher Education

Venney,Carmen (2020) Evaluating Students for College Success: Richard R.Riley College of Education and Leadership: Walden University

Hi David:

     I have also worked as a High School Teacher and I agree there is a large gap between students academically,financially as well as socially in preparing for higher education. I actually see the community college as a bridge for students who may need to be brought up to point in their academic performance. But In my opinion there should be more guidance in students determining their career goals. 

     For example a lot of students get into careers and have no idea of what is expected of them in that career . High School is not a bridge ,it is high school and I think we have taken students and began pushing them into something they are not quite ready ready for. Advanced Placement Courses are suppose to prepare students for college and they look good on the transcript. But if you look at some of the performance of students in those classes, you know immediately they are not prepared or ready. So there is a lot of work to do in community college environments and people like you David who work with students to help them assimilate into the higher education environment should be commended.

Thanks

Carmen Venney

Website: Northern Virginia Community College. (n.d.). Pathway to the baccalaureate program. Retrieved from http://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/ 

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