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MD community college completion rates up 30 percent

Dec.5, 2012


WHAT:       For the third year in a row, Maryland’s 16 community colleges will team up to share best practices among colleagues for increasing the number of students who earn associate degrees, certificates or workforce credentials, and/or transfer to a four-year institution to complete bachelor’s and advanced degrees. The event will bring together faculty and staff from the 16 community colleges, along with education policymakers, elected officials and others, to highlight key initiatives and strategies the colleges are undertaking to improve completion rates.  

Since the first MACC Completion Summit in 2010, degree completions at Maryland’s community colleges are up 33 percent and industry certifications are up 38 percent. The community colleges have exceeded their preliminary completion goals that were set to assist with Gov. Martin O’Malley’s agenda to have “55 percent of the adult population of the State with postsecondary credentials by 2025,” and are well on the way to assisting with President Barack Obama’s goal of “once again being the most educated nation in the world.”  

WHEN:       Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 – 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:    Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Catonsville
                   CCBC Catonsville Q Building
                   800 S. Rolling Road
                   Baltimore, Md. 21228

WHO:      Presidents, trustees, administrators, faculty, staff and students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges, along with key elected officials and education policymakers.    

Summit Highlights

9:15-10:45 a.m. – Opening session, featuring introductory remarks by CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis and Hagerstown Community College President Guy Altieri; American Association of Community Colleges President and CEO Dr. Walter Bumphus. 

Dr. Bumphus will summarize the work of AACC 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges’ Report: Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future. A panel would discuss examples of what Maryland community colleges are doing in terms of the “3 Rs” (Redesign Students’ Educational Experiences, Reinvent Institutional Roles, Reset the System), and recommend policies that, if put in place, would enhance future efforts.

10:45 to 2:45 – Completion-related best practices’ workshops throughout the day

2:45-3:30 p.m. – Closing session – Dr. Bernard Sadusky, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, will address the colleges and give a summit wrap up and direction for the upcoming year.