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December 2011
Volume 1, Issue 6

Community College Advancement News

Professor of Year Helps College Garner Grants

The Math Outreach Center at Amarillo College-brainchild of CASE's 2011 outstanding community colleges Professor of the Year-began six years ago with no space, no personnel and no budget. Today, the center provides more than 23,000 hour-long tutoring sessions annually to students-many of whom see their test scores increase at least one letter grade after visiting one or more times. But students aren't the only ones reaping the rewards of the center's success. The Texas community college has recently garnered national attention and millions of dollars in federal grants. Read more...

CASE Advisory Committee Elects Leaders at First Meeting

A new advisory committee for the CASE Center for Community College Advancement held its first meeting earlier this month in Dallas. Read more...

Share and Receive Campaign Benchmarking Data

A 2010 CASE survey of community college foundations revealed that more than half of respondents are in the middle of, have just completed or are planning a major campaign. Read more...

Community College Sessions, Speakers Sought for Summit

Plans are under way for the next Summit for Advancement Leaders, which takes place July 15-17, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The 2012 advisory team requests proposals for sessions relevant to community colleges for inclusion in the program. Read more...

Endowments Returned 19.8 Percent in FY2011

U.S. college and university endowments saw an average return of 19.8 percent in fiscal year 2011, according to preliminary data from the 2011 National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute's Endowment Study. The data reflected returns at 284 colleges and universities. Read more...

Clarifications Made to Reporting Standards

The CASE Commission on Philanthropy has approved several clarifications to the CASE Reporting Standards and Management Guidelines for Educational Fundraising, 4th Edition. Read more...

Student Campaigns

Are you engaging current students in your annual campaign? Or do you have a student-centered annual campaign? CASE would like to know more about what you are doing, so we can share some success stories-big and small. Contact Paul Heaton at 202-478-5570 or


In The News

43% of U.S. College Students Enrolled in Community College
(Business Insider)

The share of students going to community colleges has jumped 8 percent since 2007. This follows a 10 percent growth in enrollment at two-year institutions from 2000 to 2006. Read more...

Community Colleges are Key to Nation's Prosperity
(Community College Times)

Investments in job training programs are essential, and community colleges must play a significant role in preparing workers for emerging jobs, according to a Hamilton Project forum, a program of the Brookings Institution. Read more...

Bridging the Leadership Gap
(Community College Times)

Retirements among baby boomer community college presidents are prompting higher-education institutions to think about new ways to prepare the next generation of college leaders-from grow-your-own campus programs to online doctorate programs at universities. Read more...

Valencia College Receives Inaugural Aspen Prize

(Aspen Institute)

The first Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence was awarded on Monday to Valencia College in Orlando, Fla., along with a $600,000 check. Four other schools received $100,000 awards. With support from the White House, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, the prize is the first national recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments of community colleges. Read more...

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