Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges and Chair of the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, will lead a panel discussion at MACC’s third annual Summit on Completion, to be held December 7, 2012, at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Catonsville. The panel, slated to include two 21st Century Commission members from Maryland, will examine how the state’s community colleges are progressing with completion initiatives such as those found in the 21st Century Commission’s report, Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future.
In addition to examples of what Maryland’s two-year colleges are already doing to redesign students’ educational experiences for greater success, the panel will assess opportunities, external challenges and limitations, and recommend policies that, if put in place, could further enhance completion efforts.
MACC sponsored the first in the nation Completion Summit in December 2010 to build on President Barack Obama’s October 2010 White House Summit on Community Colleges and to galvanize a statewide focus on meeting Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s completion challenge that at least 55% of state’s adult population has a degree credential by 2025.
“Although Maryland community colleges remain diversified in our missions to serve many different types of students, we are committed more than ever to successfully assisting those who do come to our institutions for degree attainment,” said Dr. Guy Altieri, President of Hagerstown Community College and Chair of the Maryland Council of Community College Presidents.
At the 2010 summit, all 16 community college presidents signed a Promise to Act, collectively pledging to significantly increase degrees and credentials awarded by 2025. Since then, Maryland’s community colleges have increased associate degree attainment by 20% and certificate credentials by over 30%, according to data recently submitted for fiscal years 2009 to 2011 by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to StateStat, the Governor’s performance measurement office for state agencies.
“These additional degrees, combined with a significant increase in the number of community college students who transfer to public and private four year institutions, including those within the University System of Maryland, will make a substantial contribution toward achieving and surpassing the 55 percent goal,” said Dr. Bernard Sadusky, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.
Over 400 Maryland community college faculty and staff from across the state are expected at this year’s Completion Summit. In addition to the panel discussion, attendees will also participate in a series of professional development workshops to share best practices and new strategies for serving students so that they move through a community college on an even clearer pathway to completing a high quality degree or certificate.