February 2012

For-profits will grow to meet demand

For-profit education will grow to meet public demand, despite concerns about high tuition and the low quality of degrees, predicts John Aubrey Douglass of the Centers for Studies in Higher Education. It’s “the Brazilian effect.” In many developing countries, such as Brazil, Korea, Poland and others, government can’t expand public education fast enough, so half […]

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Making it through in California

California community colleges turned away 200,000 students last fall, notes the Campaign for College Opportunity, which calls for prioritizing to enable serious students to complete a credential. In a year when more than 20,000 course sections were cut – including basic skills, transfer-level English and math, career pathway courses, and ESL – the following were […]

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One third of students transfer, often in ‘reverse’

One-third of college students switch institutions at least once before earning a degree, says a National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report, “Transfer and Mobility. That doesn’t include community college students who earned an associate degree before transferring to a four-year institution. “Reverse transfers” from four-year to two-year schools are common, notes the Chronicle of Higher Education. Among […]

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Degreeless and in debt

Students are borrowing more and graduating less, concludes Degreeless in Debt, an Education Sector analysis. A majority of first-year students now borrow to pay for their education. Borrowing has grown the most at for-profit institutions, which have the highest dropout rates. “Many of those who drop out are saddled with high loan payments even as […]

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BA = ’50s high school diploma, claims ‘Worthless’

Aaron Clarey’s Worthless: The Young Person’s Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major is a “hilarious primer for college students who would like to work as something other than nannies and theater interns after graduation,” writes Charlotte Allen on Minding the Campus. Don’t waste time, money and your parents’ credit rating on a bachelor of arts degree, Clarey advises. Only […]

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Obama: Invest in education, job training

States should spend more on education, President Obama said at the National Governors Association luncheon. “The countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.” President Obama is a “snob” for pushing the college-for-all message, said GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum last week. (Remember “egghead?”) Not everyone wants or needs college, said Santorum, who complained of indoctrination […]

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‘Occupy MoCo’ is summer school class

Maryland’s Montgomery College will host “Occupy MoCo!”, a two-week summer school class for high school students. “People all over the planet are taking democracy into their own hands and working together to create solutions for a better world,” reads the course description for YOU392. “Take advantage of this interactive opportunity to learn critical thinking skills […]

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‘Success courses’ succeed in boosting retention

“Student success classes” are succeeding in improving retention rates, but some community colleges are resisting the trend, reports Inside Higher Ed. Success classes typically teach study skills, time management and how to set goals and use college resources.  But, with resources running short, these courses can crowd out traditional academic classes. While success courses are “sometimes […]

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Performance Funding 2.0 takes off

Performance Funding 2.0 — linking higher education dollars to student success, not just enrollment — is taking off in many states, I write on the U.S. News site. Instead of offering a bonus to colleges that improve outcomes, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana are writing performance measures into base funding for higher education. Community colleges may […]

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How employers see IT associate degrees

When employers in Seattle and Detroit look for information technology technicians, they expect applicants with associate degrees to share some characteristics with bachelor’s degree holders, including technical skills and knowledge, thinking skills, communication skills, and discipline, concludes a working paper from the Community College Research Center by Michelle Van Noy and James Jacobs. However, many […]

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