April 2010

What night courses are we taking?

The Onion presents a new infographic: Continue to The Onion The Onion: America’s Finest News Source”

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Latinos choose community colleges

Latinos rely on community colleges to pursue their dreams, reports Diana Costello in LoHud.com.  Half of college-going Latinos are enrolled in community colleges, compared to 36 percent of blacks and 32 percent of whites. But only 35 percent of Latino community college students earn a degree in six years, including 5 percent who complete a […]

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College Summit’s video winners

Go here to see the winners of College Summit‘s 2010 video contest. The challenge was to make a video encouraging a college-going culture.

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Missouri considers K-college ed board

Missouri may create a state K-college education board, instead of separate boards for K-12 and higher education. It’s hoped that merging the oversight functions will encourage planning to help more students go to college. If the bill passes the Legislature, it will go to the voters in November.

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What happened to the C student?

John C. Chalberg reflects on what’s changed in more than 30 years teaching U.S history at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. For one thing, he’s not as demanding. I assign less reading.  I now permit what I once dismissed as an unfortunate carryover from high school: extra credit.  I give free points for simply […]

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For Psych 1, try ‘Midnight Madness’

A “Midnight Madness” psychology class will meet from midnight to 3 a.m.  on Thursdays at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.  Regular classes can’t meet the demand, reports AP. Community colleges in Massachusetts, Indiana, Missouri and Oregon have also started offering late-night classes. Enrollment at two-year schools is up 17 percent this year. AACC […]

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Who decides who takes Algebra 2?

High schools shouldn’t require all students to take Algebra 2, write Robert Lerman and Arnold Packer in an Education Week commentary. Most won’t need it and could use the time better in career-tech classes matched to their interests and aspirations. On Curriculum Matters, Catherine Gewertz asks: Should All Students Take Algebra 2? Who Should Decide? […]

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Laureate U snags Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton will be “honorary chancellor” of Laureate International Universities, reports the Baltimore Sun. The for-profit company “owns a global network of more than 50 campus-based and online institutions in 21 countries.” It evolved out of Sylvan Learning Systems. Earlier this month, Laureate bought National Hispanic University in San Jose, a small, low-tuition […]

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Lady Gaga: Casual sex isn’t cool

“Hooking up” — sexual contact without commitment — is losing appeal for some college students, claims CNN. Various academic studies have cited at least 75 percent of women have engaged in hooking up on campus, and the number is usually higher for men. The activity is most likely precipitated by alcohol, studies show. The secular […]

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Community colleges seek parcel tax

All of California’s community colleges are trying to serve more students with less funding. In San Mateo County, south of San Francisco, parcel tax to fund community colleges is on the June 8 ballot. That’s a first for California, reports the New York Times. The tax would cost the owners of each parcel of property […]

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