Public Agenda

Cutting Edge Series No 2

Scaling Community College Interventions


There are good ideas out there for improving student achievement and changing institutions, but one of the key problems is taking them to scale: reaching more of the targeted students who need help and turning innovative ideas into “business as usual” for community colleges. In “Scaling Community College Interventions,” we provide an overview of the most common barriers, principles to help take initiatives to scale, and a checklist of critical questions.

Public Agenda’s Cutting Edge papers, produced in partnership with Achieving the Dream, are designed to provide specific challenges and give practical solutions to community colleges as they work to “move the needle” on student success and completion. That includes addressing some of the challenges that have already been identified in Achieving the Dream’s work, such as engaging faculty, taking initiatives to scale, and making the most of research and information technology.

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