December 2010

2010: Time for accountability

“In an era when the public and policy makers are demanding accountability, transparency and results from education at all levels, community colleges are trying to strike a delicate balance between access and success: keeping their doors open to all, while at the same time improving their graduation and retention rates,” writes Paul Bradley in Community […]

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CC students post 15.6% loan default rate

New Education Department data shows 15.6 percent of community college students default on federal loans over the lifetime of the loan, reports College Bound. That’s lower than the 18.6 percent default rate for students of for-profit colleges, but considerably higher than the default rate for four-year, private, nonprofit institutions (5.6 percent) and four-year public colleges […]

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Florida college adds dorm

As more Florida community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees, Edison State College is building a 405-bed dorm on its Lee campus, reports Community College Times. “Beyond a traditional dormitory, I see this as a living and learning center,” said ESC President Kenneth Walker. “It’s not just a place where students come to live. We plan to […]

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Are ‘green jobs’ for real?

San Antonio’s Mission Verde plan envisions “green jobs” filled by “green workers” trained at community colleges and universities.  But it’s not clear the jobs are there, reports the San Antonio Express-News. . . .  colleges face the same riddles confounding city leaders in their quest to be on the leading edge of the green economy. […]

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In college, back to basics

While graduation rates are rising in Fort Wayne, Indiana, many graduates require basic skills classes in community college, reports the News-Sentinel. Seventy percent of new students require math remediation at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne campus. “In high school, math was my favorite class, and I always did well,” said Aaron Strebig, an aviation technology student. […]

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High school counselors lack training

Few high school counselors are prepared to guide first-generation, minority students to college, writes Patrick O’Connor, past president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. College counseling is especially weak at urban and rural schools with predominantly low-income students, he writes. Parents who aren’t college educated can’t guide […]

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Money isn’t everything

Money isn’t everything. Five years ago, donors offered to pay college tuition for all graduates of public schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Students can use the offer at any public college or university in the state. While 81 percent of graduates receive a scholarship, only 54 percent have earned a degree or remain on track to […]

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For-profit colleges fight back

Republican leaders are coming to the defense of for-profit colleges, pressing the Government Accountability Office to explain inaccuracies in a report that found recruiting abuses. Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, who will chair government oversight and education committees, suggest in a letter that the GAO did not live up […]

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‘Antigone’ faces tyranny again

New York City dual-enrollment students adapted Antigone to criticize high school closures — and were closed down by school authorities, writes their teacher, Brian Pickett. As part of a credit-bearing class at Queensborough Community College, students from Jamaica High School and Queens Collegiate, a smaller school within the same building, spent the fall semester reading […]

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College starts in 11th grade

College will start in 11th grade at two Washington, D.C. high schools, reports the Washington Post. Two years after completing 12th grade, students will earn a bachelor’s degree at the University of the District of Columbia. That’s the plan, at any rate, for groups of students from Wilson High School and the School Without Walls. […]

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