May 2010

CCs welcome military veterans

Community college are adding classes, support services and special centers to welcome military veterans, reports Community College Times. The U.S. Education Department’s Veterans Upward Bound program provides funding. The veterans’ center at Citrus College in California was designed to look like a USO club. With social isolation being one of the biggest issues facing combat […]

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After K-10, community college

Next year, eight states — Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont — will let high school students graduate after sophomore year and enroll in community college, if they can pass rigorous exams, reports CBS News. The pilot program is based on a model used in countries such as England, […]

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Flexible for-profits lure students

For-profit colleges offer an expensive but flexible alternative to “long waiting lists and restrictive class schedules” at cash-strapped community colleges, notes NPR’s Elaine Korry. Tanya Friar, a mother of four, began nursing school several years ago at Delta Community College, east of San Francisco. But she had a hard time getting into the classes she […]

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California colleges partner with Kaplan

Unable to provide enough courses to meet demand, California’s community colleges cut a deal with the for-profit Kaplan University, reports Inside Higher Ed. Students at certain community colleges can take Kaplan’s online courses for community college credit at a substantial discount. A standard three-credit online course at Kaplan costs $1,113, and a discounted three-credit course […]

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Teaching the iGeneration

Community colleges are facing the iGeneration, writes Community College Week. Wired students expect to learn online just as they do everything else online. Community colleges must respond to the new learners, said Pamela K. Quinn, provost of the LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications, the online arm of the Dallas County Community College District. They must identify, hire […]

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Who can offer associate degrees?

Southeast Missouri State University wants to award associate degrees. Nearby Three Rivers Community College says:  Hey! That’s our job. The two-year college is trying to block Southeast’s plan, reports Inside Higher Ed. At some Southeast campuses, most students transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree. “We’ve been operating like a community college for more than 20 years,” […]

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Students need financial aid help

Community college students often don’t realize they’re eligible for federal aid or how to apply, reports Community College Times, citing a College Board Advocacy & Policy Center report on The Financial Aid Challenge. In the 2007-08 academic year, 58 percent of Pell Grant-eligible students who attended a public two-year college full time or part time applied […]

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CC students get research opportunities

Community college students planning to go on to a four-year science degree will have the chance to work on research projects in university labs, reports Community College Times. Fifty research universities will use the grants awarded through Howard Hughes Medical Institute to develop creative, research-based courses and curricula, give more students vital experience working in the […]

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The new normal for college students

In Degrees of Difficulty, USA Today looks at unconventional college students — the ones who aren’t 18- to 22-year-olds living in a dorm and going to college full-time on their parents’ dime (and dollars). The unconventional is now the norm. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, about half of today’s students are financially independent; […]

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Minding the minority education gap

Unless the K-12 achievement gap narrows, it’s unlikely that many more blacks and Hispanics will earn four-year college degrees, writes Emily Badger on Miller-McCune.  There is potential for “middle-skill jobs” that require two-year degrees or certificates. Only 15 percent of Hispanics and blacks, a growing percentage of the workforce, hold a four-year degree, compared to 32 percent of Asians […]

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