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Don’t expect business as usual at Community College of Philadelphia. The city is growing and changing, and the College stands ready to meet the needs of Philadelphia and the students it serves.

Since his arrival two years ago, College President Donald Guy Generals has worked tirelessly to foster a quality learning experience that leads to degree and credential compleDr. Pam Cartertion, workforce readiness, civic engagement and most importantly, student achievement.

“We know from the research amassed by Columbia University’s Community College Research Center, that for students to persist and to achieve academic success, they need clear direction and guidance leading toward a career goal,” Dr. Generals said. “They need to be assisted in identifying that goal and they need to have structures that provide the necessary guidance to ensure that they are in pursuit of their goal. This is a student-centered approach that requires institutional commitment and organization.”

This year, as the College re-positioned itself as the go-to institution for students aspiring for greatness, it welcomed two new deans and an associate vice president who share in that mission. Dr. Pam Carter, Chae Sweet and Dr. Jennifer Roberts all play vital roles in enhancing quality teaching, engaged pedagogy and organized and  proactive support services – all game-changing aspects of the learning experience that help ensure student success.

As Dean of Business and Technology, Dean Carter provides leadership by promoting instructional innovation, enhancing curricular offerings and strengthening program services to meet the diverse needs of students.

Prior to coming to the College, Dean Carter served as assistant dean at the School of Business and Technology Management at Northcentral University. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Florida State University; a MBA from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Individualized Studies from George Mason University.

 “We want to engage in continuous improvement efforts to strengthen our academic programs, making sure they best align with Philadelphia workforce needs and transfer institution requChae Sweetirements,” she said.

Sweet, dean of Liberal Studies, is responsible for overseeing the College’s largest division. The nine departments of Liberal Studies comprise most of the general education courses in the Liberal Arts program.

Dean Sweet has been instrumental in developing programs for the Guided Pathways model, a ground-breaking initiative focusing on giving students a highly structured learning experience that keeps them on a timely track to achieving their goals.

Beginning in Fall of 2016, her division will launch “First Year Experience 101,” a mandatory first-year course for all Liberal Arts majors that introduces students to ideas and strategies required for college success. At the end of the course, students will be able to map out an academic, financial and transfer/career plan for themselves.

“I intend to make sure the commitment and passion felt by the faculty is translated to students in the form of quality learning experiences and successful completion of academic goals,” Dean Sweet said. “I want students to feel as if they are in a wonderland of opportunity when they are in our programs. I do not want them to feel lost or confused.”

Before coming to Community College of Philadelphia, Dean Sweet served as associate dean of Developmental Education at Passaic County Community College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from Rutgers University; an M.F.A. in Fiction from The New School and is currently completing doctoral research in Higher Education Administration at Grambling State University. She is the author of Novel Strategies: A Guide to Effective College Reading.

As the College implements the Guided Pathways model at scale, Dr. Roberts stands on the front lines of ensuring that programs of study are focused, effective and lead to completion.

Dr. Roberts,Dr. Jennifer Roberts the College’s new associate vice president for Academic and Student Success, has made a career of examining and assessing student learning outcomes. At Community College of Philadelphia, she will work with faculty and staff to promote more effective and clear pathways for students.

“Part of my mission is helping students achieve their goal,” she said, adding that she will be reviewing with others multiple student success metrics to determine ways for continued improvement. She will also work with programs regarding academic pathways and various curriculum topics.

 Most recently, Dr. Roberts served as associate vice president for assessment at Northern Virginia Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in German from the University of Rhode Island and her master’s and Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu


SILVER SPRING, MD, July 28 – Achieving the Dream (ATD) has selected Community College of Philadelphia, a Leader College in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, to participate in a new initiative to engage part-time faculty as active contributors to the College’s reform efforts under the leadership of full-time faculty.

“We are pleased to have been selected for this grant as it acknowledges and reinforces the College’s commitment to improving student success,” said Dr. Samuel Hirsch, vice president of Academic and Student Success at Community College of Philadelphia. “Increasing opportunities for faculty engagement is a critical strategy. We are fortunate to have such a high level of quality among our faculty, both full- and part-time. This grant provides resources that allow us to actively seek ways to further encourage adjunct faculty engagement.’

Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit organization working with more than 200 colleges to increase student success across the country, is administering the 24-month initiative, which will help the participating colleges strengthen relationships with their adjunct faculties to encourage instructional reform and make all faculty members’ skills and experiences fully available to students.

Adjunct or part-time faculty teach more than half of all students in U.S. community colleges, frequently in students’ first college-level courses and developmental education courses.

The initiative will enable Community College of Philadelphia to provide support for adjunct faculty members and create more opportunities for them to increase their knowledge of and satisfaction with professional learning and build awareness of campus resources and policies.

In addition to placing full-time faculty at the center of the initiative, colleges also are planning to review professional development systems, expand teaching and learning centers, and begin faculty mentoring relationships. Community College of Philadelphia will be implementing an Adjunct Institute to further engage these faculty in the life of the institution, and increase professional development opportunities.

The initiative recognizes that adjunct faculty with close connections to their colleges can be more valuable to their students if they have access to information about college programs and resources, data on student performance and progress, and the informal knowledge developed by full-time faculty.

A team from Community College of Philadelphia will formally begin its work at a launch event on Saturday, July 30, at Evergreen State College, in Olympia, WA. Following the one-day event, the team will participate in the Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI), co-sponsored by Achieving the Dream. The TNLI is bringing together faculty teams from 30 community colleges and four-year institutions to develop evidence-based action plans to improve instructional practices, student engagement, and student learning at their campuses.

Achieving the Dream received $2.3 million from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to fund the project.



About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

About Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, persist in their studies and earn a college credential. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today Achieving the Dream is leading a comprehensive non-governmental reform network that includes more than 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia. Achieving the Dream helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams. Follow us on Twitter @AchieveTheDream. Follow us on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/company/Achieving-the-Dream-inc-

This Saturday, July 30th, SRPS is switching things up. The students and their running leaders are racing to Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and Temple University to learn about the college opportunities in their own backyard, visit with SRPS college alumni while simultaneously training for the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon in November.

Donald "Guy" Generals Jr., president of the Community College of Philadelphia, said the issue of college costs transcends party lines, so building consensus should be possible.

"I think if we could get the acrimony out of Washington politics, we could make it happen," he said. "There's never been a more important time than right now to provide greater access to education. I think the momentum is building toward it."

For many leaders of two-year programs, community college completion is a springboard to a four-year degree. The Community College of Philadelphia has agreements in place for dual admissions transfer partnerships with 12 area four-year programs, including Temple and Saint Joseph’s Universities. CCP President Donald Generals said the attention given to community colleges by President Obama’s announcement has only helped his college develop further partnerships in the area.

“President Obama really put the spotlight on community colleges,” he said. “Business and industry is more willing to work with us. Four-year colleges are more willing to work with us.”

Generals’s campus hosted an event this week to celebrate the inclusion of free community college in the Democratic platform and discuss how higher ed leaders can build more momentum behind the idea.

Following the screening, audience members engaged in a panel with Mary Cathryn Ricker, executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers; Dr. Donald Generals, president of the Community College of Philadelphia; Michael Flores, communications and government affairs director at the College of Southern Nevada and James McCoy, associate vice president of academic affairs at the College of Southern Nevada.

The panel focused on the significance of community college, strategies to alleviate student debt and the effects of the Democratic National Convention.

“In the last two decades, we have been ramping up expectations — expecting students to go to higher education because all indicators say that they need to,” Ricker said. “We have this 30-foot expectation that kids are supposed to go to college, but our path for them to get there has not caught up.”

In order to help students prepare for success, many community colleges have started to require pre-orientation, standardized testing and mandatory career advising. The Community College of Philadelphia also requires their students to participate in civic engagement.

Across town earlier that day, at the Community College of Philadelphia, President Donald Generals said that the issues of cost and affordability are front and center in the conversation about higher education. The campus hosted a viewing of the film No Greater Odds, a documentary following five community college students at the College of Southern Nevada. Afterwards, a panel including Generals and other higher ed leaders discussed the role two-year institutions can play in meeting the country's growing needs for postsecondary education and the prospect of achieving free community college.

“Free tuition is a bipartisan issue, and I think it is something this nation can get done,” Generals said.

Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu


PHILADELPHIA, PA., July 11, 2016 — As President Barack Obama continues to encourage independent engagement with a newly actualized Cuba, a group of faculty and administrators from Community College of Philadelphia recently embarked upon the Caribbean island to develop study abroad programs that will teach students what it means to be a global citizen.

Participants included Dr. Judy Gay, vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff; Dr. Ashley Brenner, study abroad coordinator and instructor of English; Christopher DiCapua, International Studies coordinator and associate professor of foreign languages; and Dr. Connie Watson, assistant professor of Psychology. They traveled throughout Havana and Trinidad, Cuba, on a week-long site visit. The s goal is to foster opportunities for service-learning and research for students.

Until President Obama took the historic step in 2014 to normalize relations with the Caribbean’s largest nation, Cuba seemed light years away historically and politically, even though it is located only 90 miles from U.S. shores. A multi-ethnic country whose people, culture and customs derive from diverse origins, Cuba is uniquely equipped to attract students interested in community development and social inclusion - issues that directly affect them.

In addition to traveling throughout Cuba’s capital city of Havana, some of the participants also explored the city of Trinidad, home to significant Afro-Cuban influence and history, informed by local sugar plantations and the slave trade. Trinidad and Philadelphia share the distinction of being UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the visit represents an opportunity for participants to explore and compare the two cities’ cultures and histories.

Since 2000, various groups from Community College of Philadelphia’s Study Abroad program have visited a total of 13 countries, including Argentina, Cambodia, Greece, Israel and Turkey. Last month, a group of students and faculty traveled to Tanzania for 14 days to study sustainable development and East African culture.



Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

The College Promise Campaign has arranged screenings to take place at community colleges during both the Republican and Democratic  National Convention. In Philadelphia during the DNC, scheduled panelists include: President Donald Generals, Community College of Philadelphia; American Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Richter, White House Social Secretary Deesha Dyer, Monique Makhlouf, a CSN alumna featured in “No Greater Odds,” and CSN Communications & Government Affairs Director Michael Flores.

Philadelphia college student Jimmy Mulholland, who bicycled across the country last year, received many offers of help after his bike was recently stolen at 30th Street Station.

On July 10, Mulholland had locked up his old bike outside of 30th Street Station, where he took a train to Media, Delaware County, to visit his parents overnight. When he returned to get his bike the next day, it was stolen from the rack on the Schuylkill River side of the station. He realizes he probably shouldn't have kept his bike there overnight.

The bike had been his constant companion on his road trip last year when he took a break from Temple University, where he was having difficulties in school.

This past spring semester, Mulholland, who still lives in an apartment near Temple University in North Philadelphia, transferred to the Community College of Philadelphia, where he is studying business administration. He is taking summer classes now.

He plans to start a photography business and hopes to transfer back to Temple to finish his bachelor's degree.