The Urgency of Now: Equity and Excellence asserts that in addition to being granted access to the community college, all 21st century students need uncompromised support to succeed. Success means demonstrating relevant learning for transfer and employment, and timely completion of credentials. Looking to the future, the authors contend that community colleges, both by their past successes and future challenges, are at the epicenter for determining the essential ingredients of a new student-centered system that guarantees equity and excellence.
Marcus Kolb is Assistant Vice President for Assessment and Academic Policy at Ivy Tech Community College where he collaborates with faculty and staff to improve student learning. Samuel Cargile is Vice President and Senior Advisor to the CEO at Lumina Foundation, where he served as one of the architects of the initiative Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count and led its transition to an independent nonprofit organization. Lynn Priddy serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer of National American University following 14 years of service with the Higher Learning Commission. Nassim Ebrahimi is the Director for Learning Outcomes Assessment at Anne Arundel Community College, including launching several campus-wide innovations in teaching and assessment. Jason Wood is President of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. Prior, he served as Executive Vice-President for Student and Academic Services at Central Wyoming College, including oversight of daily operations and development of new programs and services. Laurie Dodge is vice chancellor of institutional assessment and planning and vice provost at Brandman University. Dr. Dodge is a national leader in competency-based education and is serving as chair of the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN)
Jason Wood, Laurie Dodge, Lynn E. Priddy, Marcus M. Kolb, Nassim Ebrahimi, Samuel D. Cargile