President Obama had an op-ed in the Washington Post this morning which included the following statement:
"We believe it's time to reform our community colleges so that they provide Americans of all ages a chance to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to compete for the jobs of the future. Our community colleges can serve as 21st-century job training centers, working with local businesses to help workers learn the skills they need to fill the jobs of the future. We can reallocate funding to help them modernize their facilities, increase the quality of online courses and ultimately meet the goal of graduating 5 million more Americans from community colleges by 2020."
Emphasis mine, of course--but take note! This quality improvement thing is clearly not going anywhere any time soon, and this year, ELI will be continuing to ask you to try new things--as we try new things here on the staff side--to help our students be successful.