November 2010

Room in the dorm for pre-transfers

Washtenaw Community College students are getting a jump on residential college life: Future transfers at the Ann Arbor, Michigan school can live in the dorms of Eastern Michigan University less than a mile away in Ypsilanti. EMU had an empty dorm to fill. Washtenaw had students planning to transfer to EMU who wanted an on-campus […]

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CCs get less money, more students

Community colleges are “a gateway for millions of Americans to good jobs and a better life,” said President Obama in the fall. But the gateway is narrowing, reports the Washington Post. Even as community college enrollments have climbed during the recession, 35 states cut higher education budgets last year, and 31 will cut them for […]

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$200K in debt for a BA

With $200,000 in student loans and a job as an office manager, Kelli Space, 23, has put up a web site asking strangers to help pay off her debts.  A 2009 graduate of Northeastern University, Space pays $891 per month on her loans and is supposed to start paying $1,600 a month in November. She […]

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Adult students seek credit for experience

Some colleges are giving students credit for work and life experience, writes Jon Marcus for the Hechinger Report and McClatchy Newspapers. But, so far, few students are turning on-the-job experience into college credits and speedier degrees. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning is trying to change that by launching a campaign to enable adults […]

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Creating a culture of completion

Our higher education system must move from easy access and easy failure to access and completion, writes Rod Risley of Phi Theta Kappa in Community College Times. That requires changing the culture that accepts very high student drop-out rates as normal. Increasingly, poorly prepared students enter community college with hopes of earning a bachelor’s degree, […]

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Impatient, urgent and too powerful?

President Obama, the Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation all want more Americans to complete a college degree or credential by 2020. While just about everybody agrees on the importance of postsecondary education, some worry that wealthy and powerful foundations are shaping higher education policy, writes Doug Lederman on Inside Higher Ed. The role of […]

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CC students design jail farm

In rural Mississippi, Jones County Junior College agricultural students are designing a cattle farm which will be worked by county jail inmates, reports the Hattiesburg American. “They are going to come in and design the fence and find out what the nutrient requirements are that the cattle have to have. What kind of grass seed […]

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For-profit 4-year colleges have low graduation rates

Graduation rates are very low for students seeking bachelor’s degrees at for-profit colleges, reports Education Trust in Subprime Opportunity.  Only 22 percent complete a four-year degree in six years. The University of Phoenix – the nation’s largest for-profit postsecondary education provider – collected more than $1 billion in federal Pell Grant aid last year. In […]

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Trustee: Don’t subsidize ‘evil things’

Grand Rapids Community College is under fire from a trustee for subsdizing “evil things,” such as funding a theater group that performed a play depicting Jesus as a gay man, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Trustee Richard Ryskamp also “objected to spending $30,000 for the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center and $15,000 for the Diversity Lecture Series, […]

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CC bans veteran for essay on killing

An Army veteran, Charles Whittington got an A for an essay on the thrill of fighting and killing in Iraq. Then he was suspended by Community College of Baltimore County, reports the Baltimore Sun.  College officials fear Whittington is a threat to his classmates. Combat is addictive, Whittington wrote. Killing “is something that I do […]

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