The Center proudly announces the Listen to Me: I Have Something Important to Say project. The project, funded by the Greater Texas Foundation, will allow the Center to address the lack of national data on community college student term-to-term persistence—and understand why more students are not completing a certificate, associate degree, or transferring.
Through a series of longitudinal focus groups, Center staff will interview students about what is and isn’t working in their early community college experiences and will pay special attention to the triggers that lead to attrition and the leverage points for changing those outcomes. Center staff will conduct four focus groups at three Texas community colleges throughout fall 2021 and spring 2022.
The Center will release an executive summary of the focus group findings in fall 2022. As a companion to the publication, tools will be created, including a focus group toolkit that will allow colleges to conduct focus groups with their own students on this important topic.