I have the privilege of serving on the Research, Technology, and Emerging Trends Commission of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Our commission met during the AACC Fall meetings, providing me an opportunity to “cross check” where PVCC stands in terms of our strategic priorities, student learning and success initiatives, and innovative use of technology.
I’m pleased to share with you that PVCC is fully aligned in all areas and, in most cases, ahead of our peers in terms of actualizing and implementing innovative and best practice strategies. Thank you for your individual and collective good work to make this happen! Below is a brief summary of that highlights our alignment in major trends discussed at AACC.
Voluntary Framework of Accountability is a national movement for the establishment of community college measures of effectiveness. We are already well on our way with our College Scorecard, that demonstrates our student success and completion performance on most all measures ranks first or second in the District.
Innovation in assessment of student learning was spotlighted with initiatives such as AAC&U’s efforts to measure undergraduate learning. Again, PVCC is well “ahead of the curve” with our exemplary General Education Outcomes assessment.
The emerging use of social media and alternative forms of communication as critical tactics for connecting with students was also a topic of focused discussion. Again, PVCC already effectively utilizes all forms of social media as engagement tools. See (and follow) our Facebook page or our presence on Twitter and Instagram.
Community college alignment with the national movement to adopt a common core in the K – 12 environment was also discussed in detail. As you may know, the State of Arizona is in the process of adopting College and Career Ready Standards and Maricopa Community College faculty have been actively engaged in the development of these standards.
In 2012, PVCC was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation based on graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates, and equity in student outcomes. As evidenced by our good work measured against the AACC noted national trends, we continue to shine. Thank you!