January 2011

Nursing classes go online

Online classes are helping working adults earn nursing degrees, reports Community College Times. Only labs and clinical practice require in-person attendance. Alice Koinange, a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, kept up with her nursing studies at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland, even while deployed to Afghanistan for six months […]

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For-profits train medical assistants, few nurses

For-profit colleges train many medical assistants, but only a small percentage of licensed practical nurses and registered nurses, concludes a Center for American Progress report, Profiting from Health Care. For-profit colleges tend to focus on health care “support” occupations like medical assisting, massage therapy, and dental assisting rather than “practitioner” or “technical” health occupations like […]

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More debate on more college grads

The more we spend on higher education the more we spend on higher education, complains Greg Beato on Reason.

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Is a degree worth all the debt?

Is a college degree really worth all the debt? Next Media Animation takes a humorous (and bilingual) look at the student loan crisis.

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Defining degrees

What does a degree mean? The Lumina Foundation has developed a proposed Degree Qualifications Profile that tries to define the general knowledge and skills that should be required to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  The framework “is intended to help define generally what is expected of college graduates, regardless of their majors or fields […]

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Community colleges rethink remediation

Overwhelmed with students who need years of remediation, some Texas community colleges are steering low-skilled students to adult education or to vocational programs, reports Melissa Ludwig in the San Antonio Express-News. “No one is talking about abandoning the students who fall below the threshold of college readiness,” said Raymund Paredes, Texas commissioner of higher education. […]

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Closing the door to ‘threatening’ students

North Carolina community colleges will be able to bar students who appear to pose an “imminent and significant threat,” reports the News-Record. Disabilities groups and the American Civil Liberties Union say they’ll monitor how the policy is applied. They say they worry people with mental and physical disabilities will be hurt. In response to the […]

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Community colleges make SOTU

“Because people need to be able to train for new jobs and careers in today’s fast-changing economy, we are also revitalizing America’s community colleges,” said President Obama in last night’s State of the Union speech. Last month, I saw the promise of these schools at Forsyth Tech in North Carolina. Many of the students there […]

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Early assessment: Does it work?

California’s Early Assessment Program tests 11th graders’ college readiness, giving them time to improve senior year to avoid remedial classes. It sounds like a great idea.  But does it work? That’s hard to say, writes Education Week. EAP adds optional questions to the state exam 11th graders have to take anyhow. Those who do well […]

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Customer-service badges for professors

Professors balked at wearing name badges and white cards that ask, “Have we served you well?,” at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, reports  Daniel de Vise at College Inc. “It’s the Walmartization of higher education,” said Earl Yarington, an associate professor of English, venting in a summer 2010 issue of Academe, the journal of […]

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