Author: Raul Rodriguez (Raul Rodriguez)

Rodríguez: Undocumented students deserve a chance at their dreams

As the higher education system that enrolls the largest number of undocumented students in the United States, California Community Colleges are instrumental in ensuring every student, regardless of their citizenship status, has the opportunity to pursue their career and professional goals free from institutional barriers and discrimination. Undocumented Student Action Week is a joint effort...

Rodríguez: Accreditation ensures quality education

A key aspect of higher education most people don’t spend time considering is accreditation. For many people, as long as the college or university they attend or graduate from is accredited, that’s all they care about. But the process of accreditation, its history and future play a key role in ensuring a high-quality education and...

Rodríguez: Partnering to build an innovative campus in Milpitas

Since opening its doors to students in early 2017, the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) Milpitas Extension has served thousands of students and community members, bringing higher education classes and services to Escuela Parkway in Milpitas and creating one of the first locations anywhere in the United States where a kindergarten-to-college pipelines exists within...

Rodríguez: Alternatives to paying for pricey textbooks

For first-time college students, the start of their first term is often a time of great excitement. Getting familiar with their campus and all it offers, meeting classmates, making new friends and learning from expert faculty in their chosen field of study all provide unique and stimulating experiences. One aspect of the college experience students...

Rodríguez: Apprenticeships pair paid work experience with education

Apprenticeship programs are one of the most often overlooked areas of education. They may also be the key to our economic recovery and future success following the COVID-19 pandemic. Registered apprenticeship programs in community colleges pair coursework with paid work experience for the student. Most of these programs are directly tied to the traditional trade unions,...

Rodriguez: The number of high school students earning college credit is growing

Dual enrollment, a term sometimes used interchangeably with concurrent enrollment, provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school—without paying the cost of college tuition. While there are differences between dual and concurrent enrollment, both refer to programs by which high school students are able to take college courses taught...

Rodríguez: Community colleges in the post-COVID economy

As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly every aspect of our society and economy continues to face unprecedented changes to the way they operate. This includes higher education and the workforce, where the post-COVID economy is causing employers to reconsider how they recruit new talent at the scale needed to remain competitive. As a...

Rodríguez: Attention spans are shrinking

It is something many of us have felt for years; an issue perhaps created by the invention of the television and exacerbated by the smartphone. And now, the research is finally catching up with what many of us—particularly those of a certain age—have long sensed to be true: attention spans are shrinking. A recent study...

Rodríguez: Drop in college enrollment threatens our economy

Recent reports have brought to national attention what many in higher education have been concerned about since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: we are experiencing a higher education enrollment crisis in the United States. Based on a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse, nearly 1 million fewer students were enrolled in college in...