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Policy implementation as a tool for advancing equity in community college
Ángel de Jesus Gonzalez, Luz Burgos-López, Eric R. Felix, H. Kenny Nienhusser
This special issue examines the role of policy implementation in the community college context and the ways reforms are enacted to achieve or advance educational equity. In this introduction, we provide an overview of policy implementation, its current landscape within higher education, and the role it can and must serve for community colleges as a tool to advance equity efforts. The articles...

Will college promise programs improve or reduce equity? Understanding the contextual conditions that influence program implementation
Laura W. Perna, Jeremy Wright-Kim, Elaine W. Leigh
Although “free tuition” programs are politically popular, some worry that these programs will exacerbate inequity. Scholars note that program outcomes depend on implementation, but few have probed the contextual conditions that contribute to differences in implementation or the consequences of implementation for equity. To address this knowledge gap, we draw on conceptual models of...

Unpacking implementation capacity and contexts for degree reclamation strategies: What factors move the equity needle?
Jason Taylor, Paul Rubin, Sheena Kauppila, Leanne Davis
This paper used data from a multi-institutional study of community colleges developing and implementing degree reclamation strategies (adult reengagement and reverse credit transfer) to understand and unpack the factors that influence implementation and capacity development. The data come from seven colleges that are implementing equity-focused degree reclamation strategies aimed to reduce the...

Opportunity for all? The differential impacts of North Carolina’s revised comprehensive articulation agreement by race/ethnicity
Rachel E. Worsham, Melissa Whatley, Jonathan E. Loss
Transfer articulation agreements are employed by institutions of higher education and state legislatures alike to improve transfer efficiency between two-year and four-year institutions. These agreements often aim both to increase transfer rates and baccalaureate degree completion and to decrease time to degree. Studies exploring the efficacy of articulation agreements find that, despite being...

The influence of policy implementation in the Midwest: How an SSTEM program broadens participation and enhances engineering identity for community college students
Sarah L. Rodriguez, Maria L. Espino, Brian D. Le, Kelly Cunningham
This qualitative research study describes how a Midwest community college’s implementation of an Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (SSTEM) program influences engineering identity development for its students with financial need. Using a phenomenological approach, the study finds that the program enables community college students to have greater financial...

For Latinx, by Latinx: Race-conscious leadership in policy implementation
Eric R. Felix
Policy implementation research tends to document the failures of reform, describing the myriad ways implementers miss the mark in translating intent into impact; or in the words of Derrick Bell, policy scholars are left with examining the “unfilled hopes of racial reform” (2004, p. 185). In contrast, this article presents an intrinsic case study where campus leaders took a race-conscious...

Migration and education: A study on the invisibilization of the migrant in Brazilian and Federal District educational policies
Rodrigo Matos-de-Souza, Twila Lazarini, José González-Monteagudo, Jose María Barroso-Tristán
This article analyses the Brazilian and Federal District legal provisions to understand how such documents reflect a type of perception on the phenomena of migration, irregular migration, and refuge. Starting from a post-structuralist reading, we scrutinize the documents in search of signs and traces of the migrant subject, observing the particularities, the silence, and the emptiness of his...

School autonomy at the service of educational success for all
Noelia Ceballos López, Ángela Saiz Linares
In this paper we examine how the educational autonomy has been configured in the light of national legislation and also of the European political framework, analysing its evolution towards a regulation that exercises a posteriori control, based on accountability, and that is linked to the neoliberal postulates. In view of this dangerous drift and the evidence that autonomy cannot be decreed,...

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