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PJC Regents learn of reform implementation

Published or Revised October 30, 2017

Many higher education initiatives touted at the recent American Association of Community Colleges annual meeting have already been implemented or are underway at Paris Junior College, according to three regents who attended the meeting.

Beginning with participation in Achieving the Dream over a decade ago to PJC’s current participation in the national Guided Pathways Project, PJC has been using data to improve student success to allow them to reach their goals. In the past year, PJC has worked on implementing Guided Pathways, assisting students to more quickly find their career paths, and staying on path to avoid taking unneeded classes. PJC has also hired a full-time dual credit coordinator to work more closely with high schools in the five-county PJC service area.

Ginna Bowman, Caroline Lockett, and Charles Lynch each reported on what resonated most with them from the meeting. These included the need for college foundations to shift from funding scholarships to covering the cuts made to federal and state funding; develop a culture of inclusion and greater diversity as well as assistance beyond financial aid for students; the concept of helping those the College serves in understanding and embracing the rapid change of the digital age; and finding grant assistance to help PJC move forward.

“In this day and time, we’ve got to raise money to replace cuts in state and federal funding,” said PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin. “From 2012 to 2017, PJC revenue has gone from $40 million to $33 million due to cuts, while tuition charged to students has increased. “

“Our participation with Pathways has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” Anglin said.

In other business, the Regents:

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