• A Tale of Two Techs: Part 1 Best Practices in Retention & Completion

    A Tale of Two Techs: Part 1 Best Practices in Retention & Completion is an ACPA Video On Demand series featuring Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University), a four-year institution in San Luis Obispo, California. Keith B. Humphrey, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs at Cal Poly and engineering student, Ian Davidson, talk about the extraordinary positive impact of Cal Poly’s programs on retention and completion as well as job placement and future earnings. Cal Poly is known for its "learn by doing" educational philosophy and campus-wide practice that encourages students to solve real-world problems by combining classroom theory with experiential laboratory exercise. The most popular major at Cal Poly is Business Administration. Cal Poly's next most popular majors are Biological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering. Cal Poly is one of four California State Universities that participate in the Big West Conference in athletics. Founded in 1901 as a vocational high school, Cal Poly is currently one of only two polytechnic universities in the 23-member California State University system. Comprising six distinct colleges, the university offers 64 bachelor's degrees, 32 master's degrees, and 7 teaching credentials. The university does not confer doctoral degrees. Cal Poly is an institutional member of ACPA—College Student Educators International, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.  Dr. Keith Humphrey is a former President of ACPA and a current member of the ACPA Foundation. The Tale of Two Techs: Part 2 will feature Texas State Technical College, a two-year institution with multiple campuses in Texas. Texas State Technical College System (TSTC) is a system of two-year technical schools in Texas. It is the only state-operated system of two-year colleges in Texas. Texas State Technical College has been providing quality career and technical education for 50 years. TSTC ranks seventh in the nation for two-year colleges contributions to alumni economic outcomes. According to the report Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four-Year Schools, by Brookings Fellow Jonathan Rothwell and Senior Research Assistant Siddharth Kulkarni, Texas State Technical College ranks seventh in the nation for two-year colleges with the highest value-added with respect to mid-career earnings. The findings show that TSTC graduates are predicted to earn $55,527 annually at mid-career, but the actual earnings are $65,000, which is a value add to the alumni economic outcomes of 16%. To put that into perspective, the average value add of all two-year or lower colleges is -2%. -TSTC ranks No. 1 in the state of Texas among two-year colleges in terms of the most associate degrees in the category of Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields. Community College Week magazine analysis of the country’s Top 100 Associate Degree Producers is arguably one of the most important indicators of success for community and technical education institutions. TSTC also ranked No. 1 in Texas in the Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services category, and then placed top in the state, one of only four Texas colleges, in the Precision Production category. There are 11 campuses across Texas in Abilene | Breckenridge | Brownwood | Fort Bend Co. | Harlingen | Ingleside | Marshall | North Texas | Sweetwater  | Waco | Williamson Co. TSTC was established in 1965 as the James Connally Technical Institute (JCTI) of Texas A&M University to meet the state’s evolving workforce needs. At the time, Governor John Connally predicted that it would be "the most sophisticated technical-vocational institute in the country."  It looks like he may have been absolutely right.  In addition, TSTC brings an extraordinary level of accountability to the people of Texas who invested in its establishment and continuity. TSTC operates under the innovative and challenging structure of “return value funding” http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/pdf/3207.pdf ACPA is very proud of these member institutions where student affairs is the nexus to help students complete their degrees in partnership with extraordinary faculty.

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