‘Call to Action’ is an Extraordinary Step Forward for Community Colleges
MHCC District Board of Education Signs Pledge to Increase Student Completion Rates
The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education joined community colleges from across the country in a commitment to increasing student completion rates by 50 percent by 2020.
On behalf of the MHCC District Board, Brian Freeman, chairman, and John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MHCC president, signed “Democracy’s Challenge Call to Action,” a pledge developed by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and other organizations representing America’s 1,200 community colleges, their governing boards, their faculty and their 1.8 million students. The pledge represents the culmination of the community college movement’s renewed commitment to accountability, student success and completion.
Sygielski says, “In order to be competitive as a country, state and region, we need to affirm our strong teaching and learning culture and continually commit ourselves to doing everything possible to create a culture of completion at Mt. Hood Community College among our employees and, most importantly, our students.”
By signing the pledge, Sygielski says the MHCC Board “affirms its continued commitment to help current and future students in credit and certificate programs to realize the benefits of completing a credential or degree and, hopefully, the consequences of what happens when they fall short of that goal.”
Sygielski, who also serves as board chair for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) says, “Our goals, energies and conversations must focus on enhancing the way we facilitate the teaching and learning process for all who seek community colleges for their education and training experience.”
The Call to Action commits participants to:
- Changing institutional culture from emphasis on access only to emphasis on access and success;
- Engaging in courageous conversations regarding diversity, equity and excellence reflecting student success and institutional performance;
- Increasing success rates for all students and eliminating the attainment gaps that separate student groups on the basis of race, ethnicity and family income;
- Acting on facts to make positive changes in the interest of student success and college completion;
- Promoting faculty and staff development focused on evidence-based educational practice; and
- Providing development opportunities for college chief executive officers, trustees and future college leaders to build partnerships for student success.
MHCC is posting signed copies of the pledge throughout the College for students, employees and visitors to read. MHCC offers 120 associate degree programs, certificate programs and transfer options.
Call to Action