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Mapping the Way Through 2-Year College to Careers
Colleges should guide students along structured pathways from high school through community college to careers, according to the report of SREB’s Commission on Community Colleges. Steps along the path to completion:
– Students choose a major early, no later than the end of their first term
– Colleges define, for each degree program, a roadmap of requirements so each student has a graduation plan.
– College advisors monitor student progress toward the plan and intervene immediately, if students get off track, with academic support or other advice.

The Commission offers 21 recommendations, covering not only structurally guided pathways but also affordability and readiness to succeed in postsecondary education. More >
Summer Conference for Teachers Draws Thousands From States
South Carolina led all states in the number of attendees – 804 –  at last summer’s High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Charlotte. Next largest groups were from Ohio (615) and Alabama (374).
Each summer, SREB offers hundreds of professional development sessions to thousands of teachers, leaders and educators at one of the largest school improvement events in the nation. In Atlanta July 15-18 for the 29th annual conference, this year's theme will be high-performing schools. More >
State by State: College Affordability
Reports for SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South show that the cost of college has outstripped income and inflation. States have put promising initiatives in place, but many are not directed at the families most affected, and none are adequate for the magnitude of the problem. See family ability to pay, student reliance on loans, tuition changes and affordability strategies in each state. State affordability profiles >
Who Teaches the Principals?
Principals, district leaders and policymakers gather in Atlanta April 30 to learn the latest on school leadership. They will cover how to prepare principals to turn around low-performing schools, how principals can help teachers be more effective, and ways to support teachers as they use new strategies to prepare students for both college and careers. Speakers at SREB’s 2015 Leadership Forum include two state superintendents of the year and a national teacher of the year. Agenda >
Academic Common Market
“I think I’ll save close to $30,000 a year.”                                     

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