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Strategic Goal 2

Establish And Expand Relationships With School Districts, 4-year College Partners, And Community-based Organizations To Increase Higher Education Attainment In San Mateo County

The District’s Colleges are the center of higher education opportunity for San Mateo County. Yet, past successes are no guarantee of future enrollment. It is unlikely that service area demographics during the current planning period can ensure continually increasing enrollments. It will be increasingly important to work with education partners and community-based organizations to ease students’ transitions to, within, and from the District’s Colleges.

Districtwide Strategies

  • Support seamless transitions to College for secondary school students.
  • Increase Middle College and Early College opportunities.
  • Make concurrent and dual enrollment processes more efficient and accessible for secondary schools and their students.
  • Work with feeder high schools to develop better placement processes that result in higher levels of students placed into college credit courses and programs.
  • Emphasize and support both traditional and non-traditional contact with instructors and counselors.
  • Expand student services, student clubs and learning communities for the benefit of all students but especially underrepresented or other at-risk students.
  • Increase and articulate visible pathways for transfer and job placement to help students meet their stated goals.
  • Increase/expand partnerships with four-year colleges and universities to increase seamless curriculum alignment and direct program transfer.
  • Create faculty-to-faculty exchanges with high school discipline counterpart faculty to better align curricula and to create seamless transitions from secondary to postsecondary education.