BHCC President Cites Progress on Student Readiness Commitment at Obama Forum
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
President Pam Y. Eddinger was among a select group of higher education and nonprofit leaders assembled by the Obama administration on August 12, 2014, to discuss efforts to boost student readiness for college. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz, and other administration officials hosted the gathering in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
The meeting was a follow-up to a White House College Opportunity Summit in January 2014, also attended by President Eddinger, at which President Obama and the First Lady issued a call for commitments from the nation’s education leadership to expand access to higher education, especially among low-income and underrepresented students. At that event, President Obama cited Bunker Hill Community College’s summer readiness program as a valuable way to help incoming students catch up the summer before they enter college. At yesterday’s meeting, leaders provided an update on commitments made at the January gathering.
“Our most effective developmental education reform efforts have been faculty led, administratively supported and focused on student-centered learning,” said BHCC President Eddinger. “We have experienced success by organizing and empowering faculty to lead the change effort, while at the same time sustaining administrative leadership and guidance.”
Eddinger cited progress on major institutional commitments made at the January summit which have positively impacted student retention, course completion and progress toward degree attainment. These initiatives include expansion of college transition programs; curricular alignment with Boston Public Schools; dual enrollment programs that enable local high school students to earn college credits; new learning communities that accelerate and contextualize developmental education; curricular reforms that shorten the developmental math sequence; expansion of LifeMap, the College’s broad-ranging education and career planning effort; emergency assistance grants that address barriers to student retention; and growth of the Learn and Earn internship program that partners with local business to place students in internships with major Greater Boston firms.
About Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.