Informal Gathering at ASHE 2015

Thinking about your next educational step?  Use opportunities at ASHE, such as this gathering sponsored by the Educational Leadership & Policy Department at the University of Utah, to learn about your options.  Faculty, current students, and alumni will be present to talk about the degree offerings.

As a prospective student attending this event or others, you will learn about educational opportunities, meet people engaged in research, and have fun.  You might talk to faculty about their research or the curriculum for a specific degree program.  Alumni and current students will share their experiences as well as resources that support student success.  Join the University of Utah ELP community on Thursday at 6:30 PM at Hyatt Peaks Lounge to learn more.

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Reflection on the Annual Meeting of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges

By Dr. Jason Taylor

In early April, I attended and presented at the annual meeting of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) in Dallas, TX. CSCC is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) whose membership includes university-based researchers, community college practitioners, and graduate students who study community colleges. The council is an intimate group of scholars and scholar-practitioners (about 200) who are passionate about community colleges and are leaders in the scholarship on community colleges.

Among the leaders who attended the conference in Dallas was Art Cohen, Professor Emeritus at UCLA and a pioneer in the scholarship related to community colleges. His book, The American Community College, now in its 6th Edition, is used in community college leadership programs around the country. At 88 years old, Professor Cohen delivered a critical, inspiring, and comical keynote at the CSCC conference on historical and contemporary community college issues. He challenged the dominant discourse that college is simply an economic tool to further individual self-interest and argued that college plays a critical role in developing good citizens. He also reviewed new forms of research and laid out a research agenda for community college researchers that included topics such as student learning outcomes and college rating systems. He concluded his talk by encouraging researchers to replicate existing research, form research partnerships with practitioners, and convert research into readable prose that is accessible to multiple audiences. As a young community college scholar, I left the meeting energized and reflecting on the passion that Professor Cohen has for his scholarships, the institution of community colleges, and the students served by community colleges.

Dr. Jason Taylor and Dr. Art CohenA highlight of the conference for me was the opportunity to meet Professor Cohen and pose for a photo holding my recent volume of New Directions for Community College (NDCC). Professor Cohen has been Editor-in-Chief of the NDCC series for years and he continues in this role today. Below is a short summary of the volume:

There is a renewed interest in dual enrollment (also known as dual credit or concurrent enrollment) among many educators and policymakers around the country. Dual enrollment offers high school students an opportunity to experience college and has the potential to save students money on college tuition and accelerate their time to a college degree. It requires collaboration between secondary and postsecondary educators, which can support P-16 alignment efforts. There is also accumulating evidence about the impact of dual enrollment on important outcomes such as high school graduation, college enrollment, and college retention and completion. It is for these reasons, and many others, that dual enrollment is increasingly capturing the attention of educators, policymakers, parents, and students.

These topics and many others are explored in a recently released volume of New Directions for Community Colleges (NDCC) that was co-edited by myself and Josh Pretlow. We framed the volume around three related dimensions: policies, pathways, and perspectives. In the first portion of the volume, the chapter authors explore the intricacies of state policies and how state policies shape and sometimes constrain local dual enrollment programs. In the second part of the volume, authors examine how dual enrollment programs are designed as pathways for various student groups, including CTE students, and increasingly students of color and low-income students in the form of Early and Middle College High Schools. In the last portion of the volume, authors provide the perspectives of dual enrollment stakeholders such as students, high school faculty and staff, and faculty teaching dual enrollment courses. The volume concludes with a chapter describing the emerging accreditation standards and process of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) and a thought piece by Melinda Karp on the relationship between dual enrollment and the college completion agenda.

Community colleges are more likely than other postsecondary sectors to provide dual enrollment programs, and the number of students participating in dual enrollment has increased in the past decade. Community colleges are really leading many dual enrollment efforts around the nation, and this volume explores many dimensions of dual enrollment policy and practice.

The NDCC Volume, Dual Enrollment Policies, Pathways, and Perspectives, can be accessed here.

Dr. Jason Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a research specialization in evaluation methods and concentration in public policy.

ELP at AERA 2015

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting takes place April 16-20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, and several ELP faculty and students will be in attendance and presenting. Listed below are presentations and sessions featuring our faculty, doctoral students, and master’s students.

AERA 2015

Thursday, April 16

  • Gender and Critical Education Thursday, April 16, 2:15 – 3:45 PM. Chaired by Amy Bergerson.

Friday, April 17

  • Say What You Do, Do What You Say: Closing Gaps Between College Students’ Expectations and Realities in the College Student Access Poster Session. Friday, April 17, 8:15 – 9:45 AM. Presenting authors Amy Bergerson, Yudi Lewis, and author Kegan Walker.
  • Examining Notions of College Readiness Friday, April 17, 2:15 – 3:45 PM. Chaired by María C. Ledesma.
  • Rethinking Motivation and Achievement Friday, April 17, 2:15 – 3:45 PM. Chaired by Irene H. Yoon.

Saturday, April 18

  • Can I See Myself Here? Marginalized Identities and STEM Learning Saturday, April 18, 8:15 – 9:45 AM. Chaired by Amy Bergerson.
  • “They Sellin’ Us a Dream They Not Preparin’ Us For”: Fiction and Failure in One College and Career Readiness Intervention Program in the Challenge of College and Career Readiness: Definitions, Policies, and Implications for Underrepresented Students symposium. Saturday, April 18, 2:45 – 4:15pm. Presenting author Erin L. Castro.
  • Working Identity and Critical Race Theory: Implications for Critical Education Policy in the Doing Critical Policy Analysis in Education symposium. Saturday, April 18, 2:45 – 4:15 PM. Presenting author Larry J. Parker.

Sunday, April 19

  • K–16 Youth Identities, Leadership, and Academic Excellence: Disrupting a Politics of Whiteness Along the Educational Pathway in the Toward Ethnoracial, Linguistic, and Geopolitical Justice: Heritage Communities, Cultural Politics, and Community-Engaged Research symposium. Sunday, April 19, 8:15 – 9:45am. Presenting authors Enrique Aleman and Eden Cortez.
  • Navigating the Politics of Social Justice Work and Scholar-Activism panel during the Division J Vice Presidential Session. Sunday, April 19, 12:25 – 1:55 PM. Featuring invited panelist Erin L. Castro.
  • Learning From Leaders’ Perspectives on Decision Making During Racial Conflict: Exploring Multifaceted Challenges of Leadership for Social Justice in the Learning From Leaders Negotiating Significant Racial and Cultural Conflicts: New Insights and Deeper Understandings session. Sunday, April 19, 12:25 – 1:55 PM. Presenting authors Allison Martin and Irene H. Yoon.
  • A Holistic Portrait of Readiness for School Improvement: Students, Parents, Teachers, School Staff, and Leaders’ Perspectives on School Climate in the Developing Tools for Equity Awareness in School Improvement: Support, Development, and Networking for Teachers and Leader paper session. Sunday, April 19, 2:15 – 3:45 PM. Presenting author Irene H. Yoon.

Monday, April 20

  • Advancing a Remedial Rationale in the Toward Collective Action to Reclaim Public Narratives for Justice: Ameliorating an Impoverished Cultural Discourse on Affirmative Action in Higher Education session. Monday, April 20, 8:15 – 9:45 AM. Presenting author María C. Ledesma.
  • Issues of Gender and Higher Education Monday, April 20, 8:15 – 10:15 AM. Featuring discussant Amy Bergerson.
  • Reward and Resistance: The Evolution of Latina/o Critical Theory in Educational Scholarship in the Relationship Between Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education: Theoretical Considerations for the Future symposium. Monday, April 20, 10:35 – 12:05 PM. Presenting author María C. Ledesma.
  • Teacher Education and the Enduring Significance of “False Empathy” in the Race(ing) Teacher Education: Critical Race Theory as a Transformative Practice in Teacher Education symposium. Monday, April 20, 12:25 – 1:55 PM. Presenting author Bryan Hotchkins.

For the full AERA Annual Meeting program, visit the online program here. You can also follow the conference using the Twitter hashtag #AERA15.

ELP at NASPA 2015

NASPA15 LogoThe annual NASPA conference is just three days away! Every year, a number of students and faculty from ELP make their way to NASPA to network, learn, and present. Here are this year’s presentations featuring ELP students and faculty:

  • Writing for Professional Publication: A NASPA Journals-Sponsored Intensive Writing Workshop Sunday, March 22, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Coordinated by Amy Bergerson.
  • Expressing Courage Through the Written Word: Developing a Program Description Monday, March 23, 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM. Including presenter Amy Bergerson.
  • Publishing in NASPA’s Scholarly Journals Monday, March 23, 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM. Including presenter Amy Bergerson.
  • Awarding Students “Credit When It’s Due”: Translating Research to Practice Monday, March 23, 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM. Coordinated by Jason Taylor.
  • Transitioning from Administrator to Faculty: Possible Pathways and Strategies for Success Monday, March 23, 3:40 PM – 4:30 PM. Coordinated by Mary Skorheim, and including presenter Amy Bergerson.
  • Say what you do; do what you say: Closing the gap between students’ pre-college expectations and their campus realities Tuesday, March 24, 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM. Coordinated by Amy Bergerson, and including presenters Colin Ben, Yudi Lewis, Kai Martinez, and Kegan Walker.

ELP will also be hosting a University of Utah reception on Tuesday, March 24 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Hilton Newberry room. We invite everyone present at NASPA to join us!

Congratulations Dr. Castro on joining the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Utah!

Dr. Erin CastroDr. Erin Castro was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Utah. She joins a diverse board of community members throughout the state with a steadfast commitment to serving the people of Utah and addressing national issues related to equity and justice. She brings her experiences as a researcher, author, and professor on a wide range of subjects that center on the intersection of postsecondary education and equity, particularly for chronically underserved and disenfranchised communities.

Board members serve for three-year terms with a normal limit of two terms. Board members are volunteers and receive no financial remuneration for their service. More information about the Board of Directors can be found on the ACLU website.