Community Colleges

‘Embed’ and adapt

In Community College Strategy:  The Innovative Leader’s Handbook, Clyne Namuo looks at the challenges facing open-access colleges and urges leaders to “take their rightful place” in our higher education system. States are cutting funding to community colleges, writes Namuo, who chairs the Computer Information Systems department at Cochise College in Arizona. In response, colleges have […]

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Help college students stay on track

Edward James Olmos played calculus teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver. California community colleges need degree-tracking systems to help students reach their goals, writes actor Edward James Olmos in a Sacramento Bee commentary. Less than half of the state’s community college students complete a degree or certificate, or transfer to a four-year university within six […]

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40% of transfers lose all credits

Nearly 40 percent of transfer students get no credit for the courses they’ve already completed, according to a new federal study by the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, they lost 27 credits, nearly a full year of college. The average transfer student lost 13 credits. Transfer is common. Of more than 18,000 students who […]

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Holder talks to Ferguson college students

Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, 25, after meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley. Reuters “Change is coming,” Attorney General Eric Holder told students at the Ferguson, Missouri campus of St. Louis Community College. The St. Louis suburb has been wracked with protests and violence since a white police […]

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Trained, jobless and in debt

Joe DeGrella of Louisville trained as a cardiology technician but works at AutoZone. Credit: Luke Sharrett for The New York Times Millions of laid-off Americans have used federal aid to train for new jobs, reports the New York Times. Yet many end up jobless and in debt. It’s not clear the $3.1 billion Workforce Investment Act […]

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Amid turmoil, classes start at Ferguson college campus

Ferguson, Mo. police responded to gunfire with tear gas Monday night. Police came under “heavy gunfire” last night in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which has been rocked by riots since a white police killed a black 18-year-old, Michael Brown. So far, National Guard troops haven’t calmed the situation. Despite the unrest, St. Louis […]

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First steps in college

Student tutor Oliver Perrett, left, helps pharmacy technician student Fred Smith in San Jacinto College’s student success center. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College To prevent “summer melt,” San Jacinto College in Texas is helping students navigate application, registration and enrollment through Points of Contact (POC). Points of Contact presenters introduce new students to financial […]

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CC, for-profit grads look the same to employers

Job seekers are as attractive to employers with a for-profit certificate or degree as with a community college credential, concludes a Calder working paper by five economists.  The study tracked callbacks by employers in response to fictitious resumes. Applicants with “some college” did little better than those with just a high school diploma. Again, employer responses […]

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White House plans new college summit

The White House will host a second College Opportunity Summit on Dec 4.  The meeting will focus on encouraging first-generation, low-income and minority students to enroll in college, persist and earn degrees. Community colleges, which received little attention in the first summit in January, have been the focus of attention by the Obama administration. Education […]

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What will I earn with a degree?

North Carolina is making it easier for students to predict the dollar value of college degrees, reports AP. A new state web site will provide median earnings, employment and post-degree education by major, degree and campus. Five years after earning an associate degree in cardiovascular technology, community college graduates average $60,869. Other top-earning degrees are […]

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