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Glen Oaks Community College is highlighted nationally, Report identifies high-impact educational practices in community colleges

Glen Oaks Community College is highlighted in a report, released last week by The University of Texas
at Austin, identifying high-impact educational practices in community colleges.

The report “A Matter of Degrees: Engaging Practices, Engaging Students,” shares 12 high-impact educational practices
that community colleges can employ to increase student engagement and success. In it, Glen Oaks is credited with
instituting an attendance policy that requires all full-time and part-time faculty to track and report attendance during the
first three weeks of the term.

“This national recognition is due to the impressive work of everyone, faculty and student support staff,” said Dr. Gary
Wheeler, Glen Oaks Community College president. “As part of the new policy, absences are reported to Student
Services, including financial aid advisors, who use the information to identify specific problems and encourage the
students to get back to class.”

The Financial Aid Office may freeze financial aid for students who are not attending class regularly. “This approach helps
minimize the number of students who jeopardize their financial aid eligibility,” added Wheeler. “The students receive
letters outlining alternatives ranging from seeking free tutoring to withdrawing from the course.”

The report, released by The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Community College Student Engagement
(CCCSE), is the second in a three-part series to present key findings from a multi-year Center initiative—Identifying and
Promoting High-Impact Educational Practices in Community Colleges—and describes the relationships between students’
participation in particular practices and their levels of engagement in college. The report brings together survey responses
from entering students, experienced students, faculty, and institutions. Data sources include results from recent
administrations of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), Community College Survey of Student
Engagement (CCSSE), and Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE); the SENSE and
CCSSE 2012 special-focus items on promising practices; and findings from the Community College Institutional Survey
(CCIS).

The full report is available at:
http://www.ccsse.org/docs/Matter_of_Degrees_2.pdf

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