June 2011

Affordability and transparency

The U.S. Education Department’s new College Affordability and Transparency Center lets prospective students research expensive and low-cost alternatives in all higher education sectors. For example, here’s a list of public two-year colleges with the highest tuition. Quite a few are in New Hampshire. The cheapest community colleges are all in California. Starting tomorrow, career and […]


Community colleges ‘aren’t that cheap’

“Pushing students into community colleges for the first two years of college is often touted as a major way to reduce education costs,” writes Cost of College.  However, community colleges “really aren’t that cheap,” according to Oklahoma State Professor Vance Fried’s Opportunities for Efficiency and Innovation: A Primer on How to Cut College Costs. Average […]


Unaffordable community colleges

Community colleges are supposed to be “an inexpensive on-ramp to a bachelor’s degree,” but tuition hikes are pricing out low-income students, concludes Affordability and Transfer: Critical to Increasing Baccalaureate Degree Completions by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Tuition at public two-year colleges—traditionally the only affordable option for first-generation, low-income, and traditionally […]


A costly way to show who’s smart

Most people don’t need a college education to do their job, but they need a degree to get hired, writes Daniel Indiviglio in The Atlantic. It’s a very expensive way to identify who’s smart enough to do a job, he writes. . . . when high school standards declined and college became more popular, some […]


CC certifies BBQ judges

Certified barbecued judging is the most delicious class at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) in North Carolina. Graduates qualify to become Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)-certified competition judges, though some students just like to eat barbecue. During the more than four-hour class, participants learned about the types of meats used in a competition, how they […]


Should instructors offer extra credit?

Adjunct Eliana Osborn sometimes offers grade-improving points for behaviors she wants to encourage, such as registering to vote, donating blood, spring-break community service, attending a cultural event and obtaining a library card. She asks Two-Year Track readers for their views on extra credit. Some never offer extra credit. Most will give credit only for work directly […]


Undereducated Americans

The demand for college-educated workers has outpaced the supply, concludes The Undereducated American, a new study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The weak economy has hidden the problem, says Anthony P. Carnevale, co-author of the report. “In recession and recovery, we remain fixated on the high school jobs that are […]


Talking ’bout my student debt

My Debt Story encourages student debtors to talk about their challenges. It was created by EARN, a nonprofit that helps low-income working families save for college, buy a first home, or start a small business. CNN’s My degree isn’t worth the debt also lets college graduates tell their stories. Michelle Shipley borrowed $140,000 to complete […]


Kids, you don’t have to go to college

Weblogg-Ed’s Will Richardson wants his children to find their passion, learn deeply, earn a living and change the world. They might need college to achieve their dreams. They might not. Five years ago, he told Tess and Tucker they don’t have to go to college if they don’t want to. . . .  there are […]


Nuclear tech is hot field, despite fears

Despite the near-meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, U.S. nuclear-tech students are optimistic about the industry and their own futures, reports Community College Times. Nuclear technology students at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC)  in North Carolina are training on a GE reactor, the same kind used in Japan. “It’s made for some very interesting classroom […]


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