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GO COMMUNITY (Updated 12/07/2015)

A multi-media campaign to change students perception about community college.

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WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Community college is often associated with an inferior level of education than that provided by four-year colleges. However, they allow students to earn credits in a cheaper and faster way and can significantly reduce the costs of college. Due to the negative perception, many students think they must attend a four-year college, when in reality they could earn the credits required during their first two years at a much cheaper rate and then transfer to a four-year school for their bachelor's degree.


HOW WOULD IT WORK?

Our idea is to start a campaign called “Go Community”. We would collect stories and videos of people who studied in community college and have had a successful career. We would also provide data showing the costs benefits of going to community college for 2 years.


WHAT IS THE IMPACT WE EXPECT TO HAVE?

We know that changing societal perception about Community College will take time and that the change involves different stakeholders (parents, employers, students, etc). But, we believe that we could start by the students creating an impact, even if small.


HOW COULD WE PROTOTYPE IT?

To start, we created a Facebook Page in which we are going to share videos, stories, data and other general information showing the benefits that a students can have going to community college. 

We have been also talking with a Community College to see how we can work together to create a broader impact. They really liked our idea and are analyzing ways to help us to promote our campaign.


EXPERIENCE MAP


MEET PETER

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Name: Peter

Age: 18

Profession:High-School Student





Peter is a good student, but he is not sure if he should go to college. He is from a low-income family and has 2 younger brothers. Although he has the dream to continue studying, he knows that his parents cannot afford a expensive college. Peter is in his last year of high-school and he needs to decide what to do.


MEET AMY

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Name: Amy

Age: 17

Profession: High-School Student





Amy is in her last year of high school and she needs to choose a college. She is not sure if she should go to a 4 year schoole or to a community college. She knows that she would have to loan money to go to college and she is not sure about the big decision that she has to make. Her parents are still paying their college loans and she doesn’t want to face the same situation in their future.




FIRST CONTACT

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Peter and Amy went to the College Fair in their school and receive information from different colleges and universities. They even hear something about Go Community. But, it is too much information and they don’t memorize the webpage.



AWARENESS

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Checking one of the flyers that they received from a Community College during the College Fair, Peter and Amy get find the Go Community webpage.






ACCESS TO INFORMATION

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Peter and Amy check the Go Community webpage, in which they find information about the costs benefits of going to community college as well as stories about people who went to community college.




THE DECISION

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After having access to all this information and analyzing it, Peter and Amy decide to go to community college.




SPREADING THE WORD

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Peter and Amy tell about to their decision to their fiends and how Go Community helped them during the decision process. They also suggest their friends to check the webpage.




FUTURE

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After two years, Peter and Amy graduate from community college and decide to go for more two years to an university. Peter have already found a job and can pay for his studies.



What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

We'd like to hear your feedback and ideas about how to improve "Go Community". We are also looking for people to tell their stories. One more thing: it would be awesome if you could check our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/gocommunity), give us feedback and share it.

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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard
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Hi Izabela and team, 

I really like your updates: the experience journey map and the prototype, including the 2 videos you created! 
Great job! Have got any feedback on the Facebook page?
I was reading this blog article https://americanhonors.org/blog/article/how-many-colleges-should-you-apply and thought of your team, especially the 2 last points in the article.  Maybe you should send the link to your Facebook page to the author and ask her for feedback as she seems to have a lot of expertise.
I am also wondering if your idea is really best described as a multi-media campaign... it seems to be more than a campaign at this point although there will clearly be a campaign element to it.
Thanks!

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Prof. Anne-Laure. Thank you for your valuable feedback. We are glad that you liked our updates. American Honor is an amazing initiative and Ruthana Seng's blog post is indeed very interesting. We will try to contact them and ask for feedback. 
About the description, as you said, multi-media campaign might not be the best term to describe our idea. We will think about how to improve it. Thank you for your comment.  

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Hi all.  
I like your emphasis on sharing stories in this campaign!  
The video linked in this Research Post I submitted might interest your team.
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/higher-ed/research/exploring-transfer
The research post describes a summer program designed as an opportunity for community college students to experience the atmosphere and academics of a competitive liberal arts college, as they think about Transfer to continue their education.  The program helps to break down barriers and open doors for 1st generation college students.  The video shares the story of one participant's journey from CC to the ET program, and on to earn a BA and PhD. 

Great link Anne-Laure.  I am curious about whether they reach out to high school students, or recruit from community colleges, where students may be on a variety of paths, some vocational, or both?  Will spend some time reviewing their site.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Bettina! Thank you very much for your feedback and for sharing your research post. The video is indeed really interesting and we will post on our Facebook page about the Exploring Transfer (ET) program at Vassar College. Thank you again.

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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Great! I love the personal journey and insights shared by the woman on the video.  Your idea of finding folk who have gone to CC and are successful, sharing their stories as a way to market and advocate for that pathway to a 4 year degree, is really great!  

Photo of Izabela Correa
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Hi Bettina! Her story and insights are indeed very interesting. Thank you again.

And, we are glad that you liked our idea of sharing the story of successful CC alumni. We are looking for more volunteers. If you know anyone, please let us know. Thanks.

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What if you started the journey from high school, with a story featuring someone who excelled in high school, then went through a 2+2 program before going on to a successful career?  That might shift the perception from CC being a consolation school or stepping stone for underachieving high school graduates, and instead show that CC can be a _preferred_ choice for high-achieving students, who want to feel _proud_ of their smarter financial route to a Bachelor's degree.
  
Sean made a brilliant comment on the Taking Advantage of Online Courses and Community College to Transfer into Full Time Universities 
contribution: "How many products or services are there out there where you are considered smarter if you pay more for the same thing. For example, two people are sitting on an airplane. One person says to the other, "This ticket was so expensive! I couldn't believe it" The other person says, "I actually found a way to pay half that price for the same seat." Where else other than college would we say that the person who paid twice as much for the same thing is smarter?"



So true!


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CC: Izabela Correa ; Dylan Compo 

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Kellie Marks ! Thank you for your comment. The idea with the videos are exactly this. We are looking for more volunteers. If you know someone who could help, please let us know. 

About Sean's comment, while I totally agree with it, I think for colleges the problem is more complex. It involves culture and people's perception. People tend to think that Community Colleges offer a low level quality education.  They believe they are paying more for something better. 

Photo of Kellie Marks
Team

Hi Izabela Correa - 

Are you familiar with the transfer program that Nassau Community College (on Long Island) offers in partnership with at least 10 different New York universities? http://www.ncc.edu/admissions/articulations.shtml

One of those universities - Hofstra - offers joint admission agreements with both Nassau CC and Suffolk CC: "Under the terms of the 2+2 agreements, students apply to Hofstra at the time they apply to the applicable community college.  Students admitted through a 2+2 Program are assigned a Hofstra support team—an admission counselor, an advisement dean and a student financial services counselor—to answer questions, offer guidance, and maintain continuing communication, all aimed at ensuring a smooth transition to Hofstra."
http://www.hofstra.edu/admission/adm_JointAdmissionAgreements.html

Since you're based in New York, perhaps you could partner with one of them for your media campaign?

Kellie

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Kellie Marks ! I didn't know about the Nassau Community College program. Thank you very much for sharing. This is an amazing initiative. I have sent them an email. I will also post about it on our Facebook Page. Thanks again.

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Question -- if your idea = take the first 2 years at a CHEAPER (but credit-wise equivalent) college for the first 2 years, then transfer.... which seems to be what you are saying... then DOES IT NEED TO BE WITH A COMMUNITY COLLEGE? I mean... as an extension of your idea... couldnt the student take the first 2 years at ANY lower-cost university, then transfer? In this case... it might work beyond California (?)

Photo of Izabela Correa
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Hi Brian Butler! Thank you for your comment. Going to a cheaper college is certainly an alternative option. Our focus on community college has also to deal with the negative connotation that these institutions have on the US. We believe this culture factor should change. :)

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HI Brian, thank you for contribution. Another idea is to include certificates and other skills based training..

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Sasha Stewart ! Thank you for your comment. As I said to Maria Salamanca , this is indeed a great idea. I will discuss it with my team to see how we can explore it. Thanks again.

Photo of Adrian Casas
Team

Hi Izabela! Love the point you made about taking away the negative connotation that community colleges seem to have. People should be proud to be taking their education further beyond where they are at, regardless of the institution. 

Photo of Izabela Correa
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Hi Adrian! Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you liked our idea. And the point that you made is really important, everyone should be proud to be taking their education further beyond. Thank you.

Photo of Kellie Marks
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@Brian Butler : What is the difference between a Community College and a "lower-cost university" (in terms of both perceived and actual end user/student benefits)?

Photo of Namita Simha
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Hi Izabela and team, great post! I like the idea of using Facebook as a medium to reach out to students and parents. Everyone is familiar with Facebook, and spend a lot of time reading posts, articles and browsing through different pages. I think it is great to post regular updates about Go Community. May be you could encourage students who will soon join college to 'Like' your page so that they get the latest updates on their home pages. 
Thanks!

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Namita! Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We have been trying to post everyday. As you said, it is important to have regular posts. Our idea is to develop partnerships with initiatives / organizations that have more access to high school students and ask them to help us promoting our page. We are trying to reach some of them. Thank you again.

Photo of Kevin Mathis
Team

Awesome IDEA!! You have really developed this out and it it very easy for readers to visualize how it will be implemented. Thanks for that!

Photo of Izabela Correa
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Hi Kevin! Thank you for the positive feedback.

Photo of Irene Kien
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Hi Izabela!
I really like your idea because I had the a similar inspiration about the tradeoff between community college costs and the experience you get from going to a public university. If we made community college a more attractive choice besides for cost, then more students will go there. If they have more activities for community involvement, then students would think it is not just a community college, it would just be a college. I look forward to hearing more from your idea.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Irene! Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are glad that you liked our idea. I believe the negative perception of community college arises from the way it is framed. As you said, we can make community college a more attractive college, if we show the benefits that it offers. Thanks again.

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I like your idea Izabela. It's true that the negative perception of community college is not easy to be change especially in some countries that emphasis on diploma. Hope your campaign could make a difference.

Maybe community colleges can have partnership with other universities. Just like the 2+2 program you mentioned. This would attract students who want both diploma and skill. It's also a win-win situation for both community colleges and universities.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Junny! Thank you for your comment. We are aware that it is not easy and takes time to change people's perceptions, esp. because it is linked to culture. But, we believe that we should start and we would be happy to create an impact even if small. :)

Having partnerships between community colleges and universities is really a great idea. The California government has promoting this kind of connections. According to the California state law on college transfer agreements, each California community college must develop a core curriculum that, if completed, will satisfy the lower division degree requirements for any UC or CSU schools.

And, thanks to an agreement signed March 17, 2015 between the California Community Colleges and nine historically black colleges and universities, California community college students who complete certain academic requirements are now guaranteed transfer to a participating historically black college and university campus. The deal is an example of the win-win situation that you mentioned. It helps two-year students from California find a place to get a four-year degree if they want to leave the state. It also helps historically black colleges find students as some struggle with enrollment declines.

If you want to read more about these initiatives check these links:
http://www.campusexplorer.com/college-advice-tips/F0339813/California-Community-College-to-4-Year-College-Transfer-Agreements-IGETC/
http://extranet.cccco.edu/HBCUTransfer.aspx

Photo of Junny
Team

Hi Izabela, thanks for sharing the information. It's very encouraging to know that this is happening in California. I'm sure that more people will accept this idea with the impact your campaign. Good luck and I look forward to witness your success : )

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Thank you Junny! As soon as we launch our campaign, we are going to share the link here. :)

Photo of Elisabeth Mart
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I love this idea, Izabela, and thanks for calling attention to the existing agreement between California community colleges and UC/CSU schools. It seems to me that this partnership between community colleges and universities is really key to getting rid of some of the community college stigma and encouraging more high school students to consider community college.

As someone who grew up in California and ended up at a UC, I don't think enough emphasis was placed on community college as a viable option when I was in high school. While I recall people saying that transferring after two years would be a possibility, I think that if there had been more explanation on the partnerships between community colleges and universities it would have made it seem like a fantastic alternative.

I hadn't heard about the 2015 agreement, thanks for the info! Seems like a great idea.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Helena! Thank you for your positive feedback. I'm glad that you liked the idea and found the information about the agreement between California community colleges and UC/CSU schools useful. 

Thank you also for sharing your story. It confirms one of our main assumption that students don't have enough information about community college and about the possibility of transferring after two years. 

Please check our page on Facebook and help us to spread the word. Thanks.

Photo of Sasha Stewart
Team

I love the idea, it is simple and effective. The video of testimonials will be very effective, real people telling real stories on how their life was impacted by the decision could be a very powerful concept. I would suggest the platform could generate income, by making it college specific and allow colleges to license the content/platform and structure in order to attract more students. The license fees could make platform more sustainable.

I would also suggest to build in some sort of impact measurement system with conversion rates. For example, so many HS students visited platform, than so many out of the visitors proceeded to click on check out best community colleges link ( for example)

Another idea is the create a strategic maps for Hot Careers. I would create partnerships with a few sectors, for example, construction and healthcare and learn which job openings have gaps/shortages. For example, lets say you want to promote specific majors, because your allies in employment group communicated there is a shortage of particular majors in this sector, you may want to create/collect stories in the specific sector to promote more people to learn more about the opportunities for jobs and as a result boost enrolment rates in that specific major.

Another idea to expand on the concept is to create events in your area in partnerships with employers. For example, maybe I am construction company ABC and I need more plumbers. I got to your platform and create an event, like Career Fair but more like Explore Cool Construction Gigs Fair, when HS students for One Full Day could shadow/visit, work with an experienced construction crew, who will give them more insights and ideas on what is it like to be in the industry.

In other words- you create Experiential learning Opportunity to HS students, they will now not only know about cost/benefits of going to community college but also will have opportunity to connect and learn from experts, before making decision. This could be powerful for employers too, since they create connections and building talent acquisition pipelines early in the education/training process.

Again, I think if you could create connection:

High School Graduate - low Cost/High Value trade college degree- Awesome hands on experiences - Specific Career Track opportunity- connect with employers- get jobs... that would be most attractive for students to see the entire chain, I think...

Opinion only of course :-)

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Sasha! Thank you very much for your feedback! We are glad that you liked the idea. We believe on the power of storytelling and we hope that it impacts other people.

The idea of generating income with the platform is indeed very interesting. To be frank, we haven’t thought about it. But, this could be a viable model. I’m only afraid of it becoming more a marketing tool than an information platform. We would need to think about ways to avoid this.

About the events, we have been discussing this. We believe the campaign could go beyond online media. We have been thinking about the possibility of doing meetups that would involve Community college students, former students and employers. We believe this could facilitate creating a sense of community.

Last, but not least, I believe we could certainly integrate some kind of apprenticeship model to this idea. I will discuss this option with my team. ☺

Thank you for your positive and thoughtful feedback.

Photo of Sasha Stewart
Team

By The way- I love the graphic representation of the idea and step by step explanation how exactly that would work!!! Great job prototyping on Fb, way to go guys!

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Sasha Stewart ! We are glad that you liked. Thank you! :)

Photo of Maria Salamanca
Team

This is a great idea! What about combining this idea with an apprentice model in which the private sector could also support the model with a focus on skill building? Similar to the Starbucks model

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Thank you for your feedback Maria. Integrating the apprentice model into this idea is indeed a great idea. I will certainly discuss this with my team. Thanks. 

Photo of Sean
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Absolutely love this idea. Feel the same way. Community college students represent a huge percentage undergraduate students today, 10.5 million to be specific. I can see that you've been developing this steadily as well. There's a lot more here now than when I first saw it a few weeks back.

One thing I think you should consider is that many of the students that attend community college are older. There's a lot of information out there to take a look at like this report from The New America Foundation which shows that, "American community college students are more likely to be older, commute to school, work part-time, and care for dependents than their public four-year and private nonprofit counterparts"

They have a great infographic as part of their report:

http://www.edcentral.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Community_College_Online_2.13.2015.pdf

Keep going with this!

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Sean. Thank you for your positive feedback. I'm glad that you liked our idea and that our updates made it clear. Thank you for sharing the New America Foundation report. It seems full of interesting data. As you said, we should think about how to reach "older" students, considering that they are the majority at Community College.

Photo of Sean
Team

Glad you were able to take a look at it. The infographic in the report is excellent. If you really wanted data, you could spend some time with this report from the National Student Clearinghouse on Transfer and Mobility. There's a lot there but it is important work:

https://nscresearchcenter.org/signaturereport9/

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Thank you very much Sean! I will check it.

Photo of Nicole Cote
Team

Thanks for this interesting idea, Izabela! I have just a couple thoughts to share....

One thing that I thought about was one place that community college plays in terms of the US higher education sector: an intermediary step for students who are interested in going to college, but perhaps not yet prepared to do so for one reason or another. Oftentimes these students are not academically prepared and need a additional layer between college and high school. I fear that if everyone did the community college to university route that this need might no longer be filled.

Also, I wonder about this idea of prestige and community colleges. It might not necessarily be students only who in some way demean community colleges, but larger institutions, too. Some types of schools might not accept students from community colleges because they would be entirely underprepared for the curriculum. The expectations are not nearly the same. Also, colleges and universities generally limit the number of transfer students they allow because they may negatively impact their ratings, but also because that is two years that a student didn't pay at their institution. What would be their incentive to accept more such students?

Thanks much for this thought-provoking post!

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Nicole! Thank you very much for your feedback. I believe that our aim is not having everyone using the community college to university route. We just want people to know about this option. We believe having information is key for the decision-making process. And our assumption is that most of graduate students (because several reasons, including the social perception of community college) doesn't even consider this route as an option.

About your second thought, it was something that we asked ourselves at the beginning. But, our research has shown that some universities has recruiting problems. So, we could starting focus on these institutions. We believe as soon as it become an usual path. more universities will accept students. Furthermore, we believe the government could somehow play a role on making the transition between the community college and the university smooth.

Photo of Sean
Team

Universities for the most part very much want to attract transfer students. They complete degrees at equal, if their credits transfer.

Photo of An Old Friend
Team

Izabela, great idea! I absolutely agree that we need to make this path more traditional and respected as a financial decision. I've attributed your post as an inspiration for my own, I hope you'll check it out. It is critical we change the negative perception and connotation of community college.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Dylan! I'm glad that you liked our idea and that it inspired you. I will certainly check your idea. I think students should at least consider this option. Many of them just decide not go to community college because of their negative perception about it.

Photo of Katerina Bohle Carbonell
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Nice idea. Changing perceptions and attitudes are difficult. What about partnering with employers? If employers realize that community colleges can deliver skilled employees (regardless if they have a 2 year associate or 4 year bachelor degree), they will look more favorable on those graduates. Eventually you might even see in 5 years that students with a community college degree find it easier to have a job after college.

What you should keep in mind is that people look at a) how many graduates find a job after graduating (sometimes taking different time periods, e.g. 3 months after graduation, 6 months after gradaution...), b) what their starting salary is, and c) how much they make after working for a specific amount of times (ie they chances for promotion).

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Katerina! Thank you for you positive feedback.

Partnering with employers is certainly a great idea. We are trying to focus on the students' perception for our first prototype. But, this is certainly a next step for our idea.

After all, you said, showing employers the potential of community students would also help to attract more students since their main goal is to find a job with a good salary and chances for promotion.

Thank you again.

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard
Team

Izabela and all, I believe that if you could develop a scenario with a few users / stakeholders (personas and experience map can be useful here), this will help community members understand better your idea but it will also help you articulate the different components and help you prototype it. See for example, Gavin's idea in this challenge https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/higher-ed/ideas/cumulative-savings-ecosystem
or Meena's idea in the ewaste challenge: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/e-waste/concepting/neighbourhood-e-waste-champion

Photo of Youngkoun Choi
Team

That's a good idea! But it might be not easy to gather students and manage the colleges.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Thank you for your feedback Youngkoun. You might be right. We are planning to prototype the campaign. So, we will have an idea if it is easier or not.

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard
Team

Great to see your team idea posted! I like the idea of a campaign to create awareness, conversations and possibly behaviors changes. I'm still unsure what is the main mission statement for your campaign and how you would design it so that it can affect students, employers and society. More specifically, while I can see how you could show students that 2 years + 2 years could be beneficial to them, what would be the message to employers?
You might want to start thinking of developing a user-journey to start exploring how (and when) students would encounter the campaign and how it might affect them. You could also do a user journey for each of the people you would want to influence. Looking forward to seeing your idea evolve.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Anne-Laure. Thank you for your comment. We are glad that you like your idea of creating a campaign. We agree that some points are still unclear and we hope to have them defined soon as we further develop our idea. I think we will start focusing on students with the 2+2 concepts, then our target will be universities, and later employers. But, answering your question, I believe the message to employers would be that they would have more experienced interns/employees. From what I heard, community colleges in US tend to be very skills focused. So, it should be an interesting combination to have both community college and university experience.

We are planning to develop a user-journey for each group of people that we want to influence. We will share them soon.

Photo of Smruti Agarwal
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Hi.
I like the idea about changing the perception about Community Colleges. Just wanted to clarify, you are saying that students can do the first 2 years of their college from the Community College and then move on to a non-community college to finish the remaining two years of their bachelor's degree?
I have not experienced the community college thing, but I know that students who cannot make it do any good colleges because of low grades are the ones who end up going to these Community Colleges. Maybe, community colleges can partner up with proper colleges in every state or city and offer low cost education to students who can't afford the course fees. This will also give them an opportunity to eventually graduate from a good grad school by following your idea. Just a thought.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Smruti! Thank you for your comment. We're glad that you like the idea. About your question, yes. We want to show students how they can low the college costs by going to community college for 2 years.

As I said to Junny, Having partnerships between community colleges and universities is really a great idea. The California government has promoting this kind of connections. According to the California state law on college transfer agreements, each California community college must develop a core curriculum that, if completed, will satisfy the lower division degree requirements for any UC or CSU schools. And, thanks to an agreement signed March 17, 2015 between the California Community Colleges and nine historically black colleges and universities, California community college students who complete certain academic requirements are now guaranteed transfer to a participating historically black college and university campus.

If you want to read more about these initiatives check these links:
http://www.campusexplorer.com/college-advice-tips/F0339813/California-Community-College-to-4-Year-College-Transfer-Agreements-IGETC/
http://extranet.cccco.edu/HBCUTransfer.aspx

Thanks again for your feedback.

Photo of Wasim Khawja
Team

Hey Izabela,
I agree with what you're saying. I posted about a similar topic and talked about how much money it can save students. (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/higher-ed/research/community-college) The school you go to your first year doesn't matter too much, and won't hold you back from transferring to other schools. I know many students that have transferred to high-ranked schools after performing well in community college.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Wasim! Thank you for your positive feedback. Your post was one of our inspirations! :) Check inspired by.

Photo of Mariah Green
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I think this I such a great idea! A lot of people I know associate community colleges with mediocrity or failure so I think seeing successful attendees who have excelled in their careers speak about how community college impacted them would help people see that there is value in "starting small"

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Mariah! Thank you for your feedback. We're glad that you liked the idea. We really believe that telling the stories of these successful attendees could have an impact. As you said, starting small is also a valid option. Check the link that Sheela shared: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-famous-people-who-went-to-community-college-2011-7?op=1 Many famous people started this way. :)

Photo of Eduardo Melendez
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Hi Izabela, great initiative! I like the video idea, and I'm sure it could drive a change in student behavior (and increase demand for community colleges). How can we work on the college side? I mean, colleges are a key stakeholder and for logical reasons they have a financial incentive to have a majority of 4-year students enrolled. How might we change their perception and behavior so that they also support and push the "go community" campaign?

I attended two community college, let me know if I can be of any help.

Photo of Izabela Correa
Team

Hi Eduardo! Thank you for your comment. We are glad that you liked the idea. And we would love to have your help as we are thinking about prototyping our idea. It would be great if you could send me email (ilc235@nyu.edu). So, we can discuss more details. :)

About the college side, I believe having more students applying is something they are interested in. According to a Columbia University study, more than 80 percent of community college students intend to transfer to a four-year school, but only about 25 percent actually do it (http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/media/k2/attachments/what-we-know-about-transfer.pdf). So, it could be a way to enable universities to increase enrollments and to recruit better prepared freshmen.

Thanks again. Looking forward to talking with you.

Photo of Sheela Ooi
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This is such a great idea. I completely agree with you. Students often look down upon the idea of taking classes at a community college, but most core classes are standard throughout universities, and taking the first two years of school at a community college could save a large sum of money. We should definitely be looking at trying to improve the idea and opinion of community college, as there have been numerous people who have achieved success with a community college degree.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-famous-people-who-went-to-community-college-2011-7?op=1

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Hi Sheela! Thank you very much for giving us feedback and sharing the link. As the list shows, there are several successful numerous people who went to community college. And we believe taking the core classes in community colleges could be a great way to reduce the costs. We are glad that you liked the idea. Thank you again.

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Great idea, very inspiring :)

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Thank you Riya! Glad that you liked the idea.