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In response to Future Ready Iowa recommendation 2C, and in acknowledgement of the recent research conducted and pilot projects designed by several community colleges and local high schools, a work group was convened in December 2017 consisting of representatives from each of the five pilots. Members included representatives of secondary and community college leadership; program coordinators; and faculty with key involvement in the design and implementation of the current pilots from five community colleges, an area education agency, and four school districts. The goal of the work group was twofold: (1) identify the components of an effective college transitions model; and (2) develop recommendations to scale across Iowa.

A second group, the Developmental Education Work Group, was established to review the diversity of developmental education offerings across the state, address any inequities and opportunities for improvement, and identify best practices that result in high postsecondary retention and completion rates. 


College Transitions: Ensuring High School Graduates are College Ready through Partnerships with the Community College


Feb. 13, 2018

Dec. 15, 2017


David Ford, Postsecondary Success Lead - Mississippi Bend AEA
John Hansen, Dean of STEMM - Iowa Central Community College
Betsy Kuecker, English Teacher - Grundy Center High School
Susan Langan, School Counselor - Cedar Falls High School
Ann Lawler, Department Coordinator for Math - Scott Community College
Michael Lentsch, Director of High School Programming - Des Moines Area Community College
Linda Mannhardt, Math/Science Consultant - Mississippi Bend AEA
Tom Mueller, Dean of Transitional Programs - Hawkeye Community College
Steve Pettit, Principal - Southeast Polk High School
Tom Prusha, Executive Dean of Distance Learning - Kirkwood Community College
Jerry Schultz, Superintendent - Grundy Center Community Schools