I have been heartened to read about your experiences incorporating technology into your classes. It seems to have a positive impact on the students who embrace it-even if somewhat reluctantly at first. As I've said in previous posts, my interest is in sharing information with my fellow 2.0ers that contribute to students' academic and career success. For many students that means graduating from LaGuardia before transferring to a senior college or entering the job market. Community colleges are the "mobility makers" in today's economy. They play a significant role in helping working and middle class people compete in an economy that is knowledge based.
President Mellow has set a goal of increasing LaGuardia's graduation rate by 80% from 26% to 47%. There are several college wide groups working to make this a reality. I am serving on two of these groups and there are a few others in the 2.0 community also involved in this effort
You may be surprised to learn what happens to CUNY community college students. For every 10 students who entered a CUNY community college in 2004, six year later: 6 dropped out; 1 was still enrolled; 2 earned an Associate's degree and 1 earned a Bachelor's degree. It's not because community colleges are insufficient in any way; we are significantly underfunded, students come to us under prepared, and students' lives are complex with competing demands for their time and attention making attending college a challenge. Embedding student-center technology in the classroom seems to both engage and challenge students.
I would like to hear your ideas-what do you think it will take to raise the graduation rate? Here is a link to the article, "Mobility Makers" published by the Center for an Urban Future. http://www.nycfuture.org/images_pdfs/pdfs/MobilityMakers.pdf