June 2010

Students test iPad instead of books

Can e-readers replace textbooks? Houston Community College Southwest, which previously tried the Amazon Kindle in several courses, is testing the Apple iPad, reports Community College Times. “Our student population is constantly on the go, juggling work, family life and attending classes,” says Paul Garcia, a life sciences professor at the college. “Having a mobile device […]

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Students seek summer classes

Across the nation, cash-strapped school districts are cutting summer school classes. In the San Jose area, students are turning to community colleges for summer classes — and being turned away. From the San Jose Mercury News: Vanessajoie Castillo had been hoping to get ahead in the race for college by taking precalculus and trigonometry courses […]

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CC to train new GM workers

General Motors will partner with Lansing Community College to train 1,100 new auto workers hired as a third shift, reports the Lansing State Journal. Michigan will pay the cost, which could be as much as $2.9 million. GM will pay nothing.

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CC trustee demands remedial fast track

A trustee’s campaign for fast-tracked remedial classes angered City College of San Francisco‘s faculty, reports the New York Times. But it appears Steve Ngo has pushed the college into offering a faster, more intensive remedial sequence. Currently low-scoring students — many of them black or Hispanic — face two-and-a-half years of remedial English and one-and-a-half […]

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It’s time to drop seat time

To save higher education, the “seat-time-based credit hour” has got to go, writes Community College Dean. It’s not sustainable. In reaction to the large percentage of federal aid going to for-profits, Congress held hearings on accreditation and credits, the dean writes. Democrats defended the traditional credit hour, defined as 50 or 55 minutes sitting in […]

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Four-year community colleges in Michigan?

Don’t turn community colleges into four-year schools, editorializes the Detroit News. Michigan’s community colleges are pushing a bill that would let them grant four-year degrees in high-need job areas: nursing, cement technology, maritime technology and culinary arts. Four-year schools are more expensive, for both taxpayers and students. Their costs are higher because they need more […]

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To educate strivers, improve community colleges

Affirmative action for low-income students won’t make much difference at selective universities, even in combination with race- and ethnicity-based preferences, argue Anthony Carnevale and Jeff Strohl of Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce in Rewarding Strivers: Helping Low-Income Students Succeed in College, Instead, strengthen the quality of the schools low-income and minority students attend, […]

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Minnesota pushes dual credits for at-risk students

Minnesota pioneered dual-credit programs to let high school students take college classes. After 25 years, the average dual-credit student is white, middle-class, female and academically strong, reports the MinnPost.com. The state is trying to involve more minority,  low-income and at-risk students. Minnesota plans to use online courses to expand access, especially in rural areas, says […]

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Duncan praises community colleges

“Community colleges are an unrecognized gem of education,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, after speaking Friday and Saturday at graduation exercises for Foothill College and DeAnza College in Silicon Valley.  (I live a few minutes from Foothill.) From the San Jose Mercury News: In individual speeches at each school, the Harvard-educated Duncan asked graduates […]

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An open mind on for-profits

If for-profit colleges were non-profit, would we worry about their growth? Yes, writes Sara Goldrick-Rab, a University of Wisconsin education professor, on The Education Optimists. We’d be worried about the quality of what’s being proffered, what students are actually learning, how hard the colleges are working to recruit students not really ready for college work, […]

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