Community Colleges

The perils of pregnancy

Preventing unplanned pregnancy will a priority for Mississippi community colleges and state universities, reports Community College Daily. A new state law requires a plan to incorporate pregnancy prevention into courses and activities. Thirty-one percent of community college women in the state are raising children, according to a Women’s Policy Research survey. Nationally, a majority of […]

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Default penalties worry community colleges

Community colleges could be penalized for high default rates on student loans — even if few students are borrowing, reports Inside Higher Ed. Advocates are seeking changes in the student loan law. Colleges face tough sanctions — including loss of eligibility for all federal student aid programs — if the default rate exceeds 30 percent […]

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White House promotes college counseling

Helping low-income and first-generation students enroll in college was the focus of a summit that brought experts on college counseling to the White House, reports Inside Higher Ed. The White House’s January summit focused on encouraging low-income achievers to apply to selective four-year universities. This time around, James Kvaal, the deputy director of the Domestic […]

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Teaching grade 12½

Instructor Fabiola Aurelien (left) helps Atlanta Metropolitan College student Shaundraey Carmichael. The first year of college has become grade 12½ writes Rick Diguette in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Once he taught college English at the local community college. He’s still teaching composition, but it’s no longer “college” English. Every semester many students in my freshman English classes […]

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New outcomes measure draws 2-year colleges

“Dozens of community college leaders, dissatisfied with how the federal government measures graduation rates at their schools, have signed up for an alternative reporting system that provides more information about student outcomes,” reports the Washington Post. The Student Achievement Measure site tracks the share of community college students who earn an associate’s degree or certificate within six years, […]

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Ivies get the ink

The New York Times wrote more about Harvard last year than about all community colleges combined, reports Vox. The same is true of Yale and Princeton. Harvard, Yale and Princeton enrolled fewer than 30,000 students, combined, while 7 million attended community colleges. Books are way more likely to deal with Ivy League schools than with community colleges, […]

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Success courses become mandatory

More community colleges are requiring first-year students to take a success course, according to the American Association of Community Collleges’ 21st Century Virtual Center. At Durham Technical Community College, in North Carolina, students map their academic goals, says Gabby McCutchen, assistant dean of student engagement and transitions. “They can set goals for themselves based on what […]

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‘When you struggle, you’re growing’

Developmental math students often expect to fail, writes Gay Clyburn on the Carnegie Commons blog. Many believe in gender or race stereotypes about who’s “a math person” and who isn’t. Carnegie’s alternative math pathways — Statway in statistics and Quantway in quantitative reasoning— teach students that ability is malleable. A “Starting Strong” exercise is designed […]

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Closing the skills — and earnings — gap

By 2020 there will be a shortage of 875,000 machinists, welders, industrial-machinery mechanics and industrial engineers, according to a Boston Consulting Group report Manufacturers are working with high schools and community colleges in hopes of closing the industrial skills gap, writes Katherine Peralta on U.S. News. Unlike other teenagers’ summer jobs, Brett Fledderman’s begins at 6 o’clock in the […]

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Obama signs workforce training bill

President Obama spoke at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on Friday. Last week, President Obama signed the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act , which reauthorizes federal job training legislation. He also announced executive actions to implement a review of job training programs released by Vice President Joe Biden. The report calls for working more closely with employers […]

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