September 2010

Harkin hits for-profits’ high drop-out rates

Drop-out rates are high at 16 for-profit colleges, charged Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. Nearly 57 percent of students dropped out by the second year, leaving them with nothing to show but debt, Harkin said. “Going to college should not be like going to a casino where […]

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Lumina funds second-chance degree completion

More than 20 percent of working-age adults have “some college,” but no degree. Lumina Foundation will fund a series of projects to give adults a second chance at a degree. The foundation will provide $14.8 million over four years for 19 large-scale projects to reach 6.6 million adults with some college credits. “There is growing […]

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Beauty college

A beautician with an associate degree? In Texas, Lone Star College is offering a two-year cosmetology degree that will include business classes, reports Beauty School Drop-Ins on Inside Higher Ed. While many community colleges have dropped cosmetology classes, Lone Star’s cosmetology certificate program is so popular it has a waiting list.  The new School of […]

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Online ed grows up

Online education isn’t just a money-making add-on, writes Community College Dean. As more instruction goes online, his college is under pressure to “remake the ways we do all kinds of business, from registering students to providing advisement to administering financial aid to accommodating disabilities to providing counseling.” Online education, done right, is labor-intensive, the dean […]

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Study: For-profits cost taxpayers less

For-profit higher education is a bargain for the taxpayers, concludes an industry-funded study by economists Robert Shapiro and Nam Pham of Sonecon. (Go here for the pdf.) Furthermore, if President Obama tries to make the U.S. first in the world in college-educated workers, it will cost an extra $33 billion without the for-profit sector, the […]

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Four-year college doesn’t fit all

Beyond One-Size-Fits-All College Dreams: Alternative Pathways to Desirable Careers (pdf) in the new American Educator argues that students need realistic advice about their chances of college success. Low achievers should aim for vocational certificates rather than bachelor’s degrees, argue authors James E. Rosenbaum, Jennifer L. Stephan and Janet E. Rosenbaum The vast majority of high […]

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CUNY, IBM plan high school-college hybrid

The City University of New York and IBM will open a unique school that merges high school with two years of college, allowing students to earn an associate’s degree.  Graduates will be “first in line for a job at IBM,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The partnership with IBM for a high school-college hybrid will build […]

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CCs in California need to raise fees

California can “make community college more affordable by raising student fees,” editorializes the Los Angeles Times. The state’s community colleges could have more than doubled its take of federal stimulus money by raising fees $1 from $26 a unit to $27, The Times writes. The average full-time student would have paid only $30 more per […]

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Gates to fund college completion push

In an attempt to boost college graduation rates, the Gates Foundation will $3 million each to New York City, San Francisco, Mesa, Arizona and Riverside California. High schools will work with local community colleges to align academic expectations, collect and analyze data, develop college-prep programs and create support systems for students. Three of the cities […]

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NC students to discuss Target 2020

North Carolina community college students will discuss the college completion crisis at a summit on Oct. 22-24 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Target 2020: My Education. Our Future also plans summits in California and Florida in 2011. At each summit, participants will discuss barriers to completing their education and will develop solutions to […]

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