The White House has invited LCC President Chris Bailey to participate in an August 12 Roundtable to share the college’s work with leading practitioners, researchers, and higher education leaders.
"I am so proud to share this innovative work by our faculty and staff that has earned well-deserved national recognition for LCC," said Bailey. "But more important, it has helped our students achieve their college and career goals."
A letter to Bailey from White House Policy Assistant for Education Zealan Hoover cited the following LCC programs that will be highlighted:
Last January a number of community college presidents joined President Barack Obama and the First Lady to commit to dramatically improving success rates in remedial education. The White House Roundtable will provide an opportunity for these leaders – and others with similar goals including President Bailey – to discuss their progress and the challenges they face, including reducing the need for remediation through curricular alignment; redesigning assessment and placement; and improving developmental education design and delivery.
Many students — recent high school graduates, adult learners, and career-changers who need to make a fresh start — come to two-year colleges unprepared for college-level work. Pre-college courses provide a critical entry-point into college for students who might not otherwise be able to pursue a certificate or degree. Forty percent of all bachelor’s degree graduates from Washington public universities start at a community or technical college, and 59 percent of them take at least one pre-college level class.
LCC has been recognized as an innovator and early adopter of programs that help students overcome obstacles to college completion. Other examples, in addition to those cited by the White House, include:
Sixty percent of LCC I-BEST students complete college compared to less than ten percent of traditional basic education students. 48 of the 107 graduates of the new HS21+ program have enrolled in college classes this year.
As a participant in "Achieving the Dream", a national effort that promotes evidence-based college reforms to increase student success at community colleges, LCC has been highly commended by that program’s funding agency, College Spark, for its student success efforts.
Chris Bailey, President, Lower Columbia College, 360.442.2100, firstname.lastname@example.org