November 2011

Who graduates? White women do best

Nearly three quarters of Black and Latino degree‐seeking students did not earn a community college degree in six years, according to a supplemental analysis to Divided We Fail: Improving College Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California’s Community Colleges. Women are more likely to graduate than men,  concludes the report by the Campaign for College […]

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Graduation + transfer = new success rate

Graduation or transfer should be counted as success for community college students, recommends the Committee on Measures of Student Success (CMSS). The federal panel voted to approve its 26-page report (pdf) to the U.S. Education Department this week. The committee recommended including part-time, degree-seeking students in the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which […]

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A new job training model

A new model for job training combines a curriculum designed by a private company, online tutorials and four weeks of community college classes, writes Ed Sector’s Kevin Carey. Joe Kitterman’s company, 180 Skills, has partnered with Boeing and Edmonds Community College, in the northern suburbs of Seattle, to teach airplane manufacturing skills. The 12-week program […]

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Neither a borrower nor a graduate be

Afraid of debt, college students are working more, taking fewer credits and starting at community colleges. These debt-dodging strategies raise the risks students won’t graduate, reports AP. “There’s been such attention on student debt being unmanageable that current students have internalized that,” said Deborah Santiago, co-founder and vice president for policy research at the group […]

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Affluent students get $5.3 billion in aid

Colleges and universities are giving $5.3 billion in financial aid to students who don’t need it, according to College Board. In addition, nearly $4 billion in tuition tax credits went to families with incomes between $100,000 and $180,000. Meanwhile, the share of financial aid being given to low-income students has declined steadily over the last […]

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To avoid default, try technical college

To understand whether to borrow for a college education, students should listen to investors in bonds backed by student loans, suggests the Wall Street Journal. It’s a $242 billion market. Hedge fund manager Daniel Ades of Kawa Capital Management won’t invest in bonds backed by loans made to 2010 and 2011 graduates, “because we can’t […]

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How to transfer college credits

Sir Learnalot’s Knowledge Blog lists 25 sites on how to transfer college credits.    

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Massachusetts report urges centralization

Massachusetts should expand statewide control of its 15 community colleges argues a new report from the influential Boston Foundation. In the centralized system focused on job training, colleges should be judged and funded based on student performance, the report concluded. The state’s community colleges “have failed to connect in a systemic way with prospective workforce, […]

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Online learning expands access, success

As president of Rio Salado College in Arizona, an online pioneer, Chris Bustamente explains the risks and rewards of online learning in a Community College Times commentary. Rio Salado, one of 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, began offering online classes in 1996, when the Internet was taking off. Rio Salado extended educational access to students who […]

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College loyalty on license plates

Salt Lake Community College and Snow College in Utah are putting their college logos on license plates, reports Community College Times. The $25 annual contribution to use the college-branded plates goes to each college’s  scholarship fund.  

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