Overview Of Issue 27

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Dr. Ed Shenk is currently an Associate professor and the Program Director for Alliant International University's Hufsedler School Of Education (HSOE), Educational Leadership & Management (ELM) program, at the San Francisco Bay campus. He joined Alliant International University in July 2005 and started fulltime in January, 2006 after retiring from Napa Valley College where he was the Vice president of Student Services. He served at NVC for 30 years and was in community college administration for 35 years. Ed began as an administrator at Napa College in 1975 and served as the Chief Student Service Officer on campus beginning in 1981. His title was upgraded to Vice President, Student Services in 1987. He served as the Affirmative Action Officer and sat on the District-Faculty negotiations team for 14 years as some of the experiences he had at the college.
He continues to serve as the editor of the web based iJournal which focuses on community college issues in California and the nation. You can access the iJournal at www.ijournal.us . He has served as the Editor of the iJournal since January of 2006.

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Dr. Ed Shenk, Editor
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The editor provides a summary of the articles that address challenges for colleges to successfully transfer students between all systems and the facilitation of the success of the students at every level. We are very fortunate to have as our lead article on transfer from Under Secretary of Education Martha Kantor.

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In our spring issue, #27,  we explore efforts both within our state and nation to provide quality transfer programs, collaborative efforts to expedite transfer at all levels and the proactive steps colleges can take to facilitate the transfer effort from two-year to four-year institutions. I recently attended a commencement at San Francisco State University, where Jeffrey L. Bleich, United States ambassador to Australia, spoke of the value of higher education and decried the downward slide of support for current and future students to obtain two-year and four-year degrees. He noted that California has had a rich history of producing quality college graduates who enabled the state to grow, innovate and generate an economy that was ranked as the eighth largest economy in the world.

However, during today’s difficult fiscal times, made even more difficult by a partisan divide, it is very challenging for our state and our nation to sustain the high levels of innovation and inner energy required to meet the needs of our growing population. During these volatile periods, it is very important our leaders recognize that tomorrow's hope is based on the graduates of today. While there are some politicians who narrowly state their support for education yet take revenue increases off the table, it seems ironic that fees to drive a car are considered a tax while that students tuition increases are not considered as a tax, but an individual expenditure based on personal choice. This duplicity is what creates problems for educaiotnal finance and finding ways to balance the state budget.  Support for tuition increases in higher education as a way to balance budgets seems to be held by many, even those within our own educational systems. Yet, it also dampens student interest to transfer or pursue a college degree. As Bleich noted, it slowly transforms a college education from a right for all to a right for a few withthe funds to attend.

Yet there remains hope for tomorrow, as demonstrated by the articles in this edition. We're very fortunate to have as our special guest author Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter. In her article, "Doing What It Takes to Win America's Future," she explores the engagement of America’s educational system in a heroic effort to guide millions of additional students through high school and college, even as millions of adults return to school seeking new skills and wider opportunities.  In “Senate Bill 1440: The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act,” Erik Skinner provides an overview of the transfer reform legislation, an update on its implementation status and a review of next steps necessary to fully operationalize this important education initiative.

 

Scheherazade W. Forman and  Tyjaun A. Lee  in their article “Completion and Transfer: Partners in Student Success present one Maryland institution’s methods for meeting the charge given by the President of the United States to ensure students are able to transfer to four-year institutions.  In “Transfer Success Stories: Themes, Patterns and Connection,” Matais Pouncil suggests ways in which colleges can institutionalize strategies to ensure transfer success or ways in which college professionals can interact with and support students who will transfer through the stories of three transfer students at Foothill College.  Mark Sanchez writes in “Effectiveness of Student Support Services (TRiO ) at California Community College s” provides the results of a study to determine whether students who participated in Student Support Services (TRiO) programs at two California community colleges were more likely to persist and complete an educational goal compared to their non-program participant counterparts. 

 

In our End Note “Intercollegiate AthleticsBeyond The Bottomline,”Carlyle Carter  addresses a broader perspective of the net value of athletics based upon educational outcomes and goals established by the Obama Administration, the AACC and the CCLC Commission on the Future. He points to institutional findings of the academic success of the student athlete population when measured against the non-student athlete population.  

 

As you can see, our writers provide hope for tomorrow as they address programs aimed at facilitating the transfer of students from secondary schools to community colleges and finally to four-year institutions. In addition, our writers also address direct services that enable students to become successful in their studies and then to transfer. Our discussion also includes the value of efforts to improve the academic success of our intercollegiate athletes.

 

We are very fortunate to have as our sponsor for this issue and our next issue Keenan and Associates, who broach the very difficult subject of “Internet Safety Education: Early Intervention Can Prevent Campus Tragedies” by Tim Keenan. In his article Tim proposes that  cooperative Internet safety education programs and local advocacy can help minimize the potential risks of cyber bullying and help create a “culture of safety” in order to retake the lead as “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world.” It thus fosters a positive environment for students to seek and achieve their college degree.