Community Colleges

15 credits for the price of 12

Community College of Philadelphia students can 15 credits for the cost of 12, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Pay for 12 credits – the equivalent of four courses – and the college picks up the tab for the fifth, worth about $555. . . . To become eligible, students must have completed 24 credits, taken no […]

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Open-source textbooks lower costs

Free “open-source” textbooks are lowering students’ costs at Tidewater Community College in Virginia, writes Laura M. Colarusso for Hechinger Report. Tidewater’s “Z Degree” program guarantees “zero cost” for learning materials, which can cost students’ more than tuition at community colleges. The cost of new printed textbooks continue to rise—up more than 7 percent last year alone, according […]

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Employers, colleges try German-style job training

Germany’s job training model — a mix of vocational classwork and on-the-job apprenticeships — is catching on in the U.S., reports Jon Marcus for the Hechinger Report. Students at Indiana’s Ivy Tech community colleges will be able to spend three days a week in class and two working — for pay — at companies such […]

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CCSF evaluators proposed probation

City College of San Francisco, fighting to remain accredited, received a boost this week with news that all 15 members of the accreditation commission’s evaluation team recommended a lesser penalty. The recommendation for probation was revealed in a documented filed in connection with a lawsuit against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, reports […]

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California: CCs plan huge growth

California community colleges will try to increase degree completion and transfers by nearly a quarter of a million students over the next decade, reports the Sacramento Bee. “This is probably the most ambitious goal-setting effort ever undertaken by our system,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris said. Currently, 48.1 percent of students complete a degree […]

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Grad rates double at Chicago City Colleges

Graduation rates have doubled, at City Colleges of Chicago, since Cheryl Hyman launched a “reinvention” drive, reports PBS NewsHour. The segment will air tomorrow night.

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Community colleges should be free

Following Tennessee’s lead, several states are considering free tuition for community and technical college students. Community Colleges Should Be Free, editorializes Scientific American. Community colleges train technicians for jobs in leading-edge industries and serve as gateways to higher education for first-generation, minority and working-class students. The Tennessee Promise is showing the way. Starting next year, high school […]

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‘Step: Forward’ launches in California

California’s Step: Forward campaign offers priority registration for high-demand community college classes to students who participate in orientation, participate in skills assessment and develop an education plan. “Providing more structure and guidance” will “encourage better choices and increase a student’s probability of reaching their goal,” said Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. Some colleges also require […]

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California OKs 4-year degrees at 2-year colleges

Nursing students, from left, Caroline Pantaleon, Yang Liu, Melody Saechao and Christine Crivello practice inserting an IV in Saul Jones’ nursing skills lab class at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif. The college could begin offering bachelor’s degrees in nursing.  (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group) ( Kristopher Skinner ) As early as next year, […]

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‘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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