May 2011

College is the best mobility strategy

Don’t listen to the naysayers, writes Andrew Rotherham in Time: Actually, College Is Very Much Worth It. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, the median weekly earnings for someone with some college but no degree were $712, compared to $1038 for a college graduate. That’s almost $17,000 over the course of a […]

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CC transfers boost diversity at top colleges

Elite colleges enroll few low-income students and many very high-income students, notes the New York Times.  The “single easiest way” to increase socioeconomic diversity is to accept community college transfers, the Times writes. Transfers have made the University of California campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego much more diverse than other top colleges. […]

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Women earn 62% of associate degrees

Women earned 62 percent of associate degrees awarded in 2008-09, concludes the federal  Condition of Education report. Some 787,300 associate’s degrees were awardedin 2008-09, a 41 percent increase in a decade. One third of degrees were in liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities; another fifth were in health fields. While psychology degrees more […]

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Soldier earns valedictorian honors

After working 12 hours a day as a hazardous materials specialist at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Dysha Huggins-Hodge studied in the computer lab, determined to complete an associate degree at Anne Arundel Community College on schedule — and to earn A’s. Now stationed in Maryland, the 4.0 student gave the valedictorian […]

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For-profits award more degrees

More Americans are earning postsecondary degrees — especially at for-profit institutions — according to the new Condition of Education report. From 1998–99 to 2008–09, the number of associate’s degrees awarded increased by 41 percent, bachelor’s degrees by 33 percent, master’s degrees by 49 percent, first-professional degrees by 17 percent, and doctoral degrees by 54 percent […]

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Why students succeed or fail

Why do some students succeed and others fail? By analyzing data on students’ academic progress at community colleges, state universities and for-profit institutions, a new study hopes to understand the variables that affect students’ progress.  WCET, the WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) Cooperative for Educational Technologies, funded by the Gates Foundation, will use student data from […]

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CUNY profs fight transfer reform

To help transfer students earn a bachelor’s degree, City University of New York plans to set a core curriculum for all two-year and four-year CUNY schools and reduce the number of general-education credits required for graduation.  But many professors are protesting the Pathways Project, reports the New York Times. They say the plan will undercut the quality of the bachelor’s degree […]

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CCs can’t meet demand for online classes

Online education is booming at community colleges, according to a survey by the Instructional Technology Council, which is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. Enrollment in online courses grew by 9 percent from fall 2009 to fall 2010, outpacing the eight percent growth in community college enrollment.  Sixty-eight percent of colleges can’t offer enough […]

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California: Off the wait list for a price

California may let community colleges charge more for some classes, reports Inside Higher Ed. With less state funding and growing enrollments, many of the state’s community colleges can’t meet student demand for classes. California just raised tuition from $26 per credit to $36. That’s about $1,000 a year for a full-time student, the lowest tuition […]

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Brookings: Learn more, earn more

Community colleges are the key to developing a skilled workforce, concludes a Brookings Institution  report, Community Colleges and Economic Recovery: Strategies for State Action.  However, states must  align workforce development policies with community colleges and colleges must improve student success rates, says Richard Kazis, senior vice president of Jobs for the Future and the author […]

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