Higher Education

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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Feds will test aid for competency programs

North Carolina community colleges and state universities will award college credit for military training and experience. Hoping to speed older students to a degree, the U.S. Education Department will allow some colleges to award credit — and student aid — for competency and prior learning, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. The “experimental sites” will be announced […]

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Completion, default rates can be misleading

Commonly used college quality measures, such as graduation rates and loan defaults, are inadequate and sometimes misleading, writes Ben Miller, a senior policy analyst for the New America Foundation, on EdCentral. Completion statistics for community colleges and other two-year-or-less institutions are especially inaccurate, he writes. It’s not just that the federal data misses part-timers and […]

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CCSF was ‘too big to fail’

City College of San Francisco has dodged a closure order and won two more years to improve, writes Kevin Carey, who directs education policy for the New America Foundation, in the New York Times. With 77,000 students, CCSF proved to be “too big to fail,” despite “chronic financial and organizational mismanagement.” The Accrediting Commission for Community and […]

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Prof: Group learning wastes time

Group learning “is a waste of classroom time and an obstacle to student learning,” argues Bruce Gans, who taught English at City Colleges of Chicago. At a community college where he worked, non-tenured English instructors were evaluated on whether they fostered “group activities such as study groups and team projects.” Those who didn’t use group […]

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Persistence rate declines

Persistence rates are declining for first-time college students, reports the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Overall, the persistence rate — the percentage of students who return for a second year — dropped 1.2 percent since 1009. Of all students who started college in fall 2012, 68.7 percent returned to college at any U.S. institution in […]

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Aid leader: Link ratings to ‘social responsibility’

Rate colleges on “social responsibility,” said the departing chair of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators at the group’s annual conference. Instead of President Obama’s proposed ratings system, colleges should be recognized for educating low-income students, said Craig Munier, who directs financial aid at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The plan, which […]

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CCAP: Fed aid drives up college costs

Federal aid has failed to improve educational opportunity for low- and moderate-income students, concludes Dollars, Cents and Nonsense: The Harmful Effects of Federal Student Aid.  Instead, the financial-aid system has enabled colleges to raise tuition, the study by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity finds. The proportion of lower-income college graduates is lower. By fueling […]

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California: 2-year degree takes 4 years

A “two-year” degree typically takes more than four years, raising the The Real Cost of College in California,” reports Campaign for College Opportunity. Furthermore, associate degree graduates earn a median of 78 credits — well over the 60 required. All those extra credits lead to higher costs and fewer available seats at the state’s community […]

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New name, new identity

Edison State College isn’t just changing its name to Florida SouthWestern State College, reports the News-Press. It’s changing its identity. Once a community college, the new Florida SouthWestern will offer 10 baccalaureate degrees and on-campus housing. Admissions staff are recruiting out-of-state students and bolstering scholarship programs to attract a brighter student body. Intercollegiate athletics will resurface […]

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