Things to Know – Friday, April 21, 2017

As we are starting many celebrations of our student’s success, today is a good day to take our focus back to student trends. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is having their annual meeting this weekend, so I thought I would provide on some of their data in this edition of Things to Know to bring awareness of the resources and advocacy the AACC provides.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the College Preview Day on Tuesday. It was inspiring to see so many students, faculty, staff, and management involved in the visits from Sweetwater High School. One thing for certain Southwestern College knows how to produce events…what a well-organized event. Thank you.

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Enrollment trend Enrollment continues to decline at public two-year colleges and increase at public four-year colleges.

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Financially challenged Each year, almost half of community college students must rely on outside financial resources.

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High school projections While the number of high school graduates is expected to remain relatively stable, the percentage of minorities among them is expected to increase, and the rate of white graduates is predicted to drop.

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Student parents attending public two-year institutions comprise 45 percent (about 2.1 million) of all student-parent enrollments — an increase of 9 percent from 2004 to 2012. (Read the full PDF.)

20 colleges join California Guided Pathways Project

I will be out of the office next Monday and Tuesday because of a family illness and hope to return on Wednesday. Reminds me how important our time is on this earth. Leaving you with this quote…

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale