Community Colleges

It’s not a bargain education if you drop out

California’s community colleges are accessible and affordable, reports KCRA-TV. But completion and transfer rates are low. Are California’s community colleges a bargain?

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Relentless mentoring keeps students ‘On Point’

On Point for College is helping New Yorkers get into college, reports the Syracuse Post-Standard. A personal touch and “relentless” mentoring has helped thousands of first-generation students. It all started, Ginny Donohue says, when a friend of her daughter sought advice on how to get into college. He was chronically homeless, living from couch to couch. She […]

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Structure leads to success

Community colleges are improving pass rates and persistence by integrating “high-impact practices” into coherent academic and career pathways reports the Center for Community College Student Engagement. A Matter of Degrees: Practices to Pathways links a clear class attendance policy, participation in a student success course and on-time registration to completion of remedial and gatekeeper courses and […]

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Tech training is gateway to middle class

College should not be the only gateway to the middle class, writes Robert Reich, who was Bill Clinton’s secretary of Labor, in Salon.  Obsessed with bachelor’s degrees, “we’ve allowed vocational and technical education to be downgraded and denigrated,” he writes. But our economy needs skilled technicians. As digital equipment replaces the jobs of routine workers […]

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Enrollment patterns are ‘chaotic’

Community college students enrollment patterns are “chaotic,” concludes a Community College Research Center study at five colleges in the same state. Only 1 percent of first-time, full-time students completed a degree in four semesters (fall-spring-fall-spring), and less than 4 percent completed a degree within the two years generally assumed in the college catalogue, the study […]

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Universities welcome transfer surge

Jasmine White transferred to Morgan State University, where she’s majoring in actuarial science.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun) Maryland universities are welcoming — and even recruiting — more transfers, reports the Baltimore Sun. Half of state university undergrads started somewhere else. Jasmine White was accepted to Morgan State University, her dream college, almost 10 years […]

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For-profit students borrow more, but don’t earn more

For-profit college students borrow more than community college students, but don’t earn more, concludes a Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) working paper. Six years after enrollment, for-profit students are more likely than community college students to have earned a certificate or associate degree. They have lower employment rates and earnings compared […]

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Competency catches on

Competency-based education isn’t an experiment at Bellevue College near Seattle, writes Paul Bradley on Community College Week.  The college’s first CBE program — a business software specialist certificate program — has proven very popular. “The students seem to love it,” said Tom Nielsen, the college’s vice president for instruction. “We are seeing that most students […]

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Keeping men of color in college

Many black and Latino men are dropping out of college, report diversity researchers in Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education. They urge the federal government to “require all colleges to create early-alert systems that flag students with low test scores, missing assignments, or spotty attendance,” reports Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle […]

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Maricopa cultivates social media

Maricopa Community Colleges is expanding its social media presence, reports Independent NewsMedia. The Arizona district has been “liked” or “followed” more than 50,000 times across their top three platforms, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The district’s Facebook page had fewer than 1,000 followers in mid-2012. It’s up to 40,000. Social media builds engagement, said Natalie Vaughn, online […]

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