March 2012

Connect to succeed

“Drive-through education” — go to class, then go home — won’t lead to a degree, writes Isa Adney in Community College Success. Connecting to classmates and professors, building a network of friends and mentors, is the key to success. That’s not easy for a first-generation student, as I write in U.S. News. “I had a lot of […]

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College dropouts cite high costs

The U.S. has the highest college dropout rate in the industrialized world, reports Reuters. Many U.S. high school graduates start college, but only 46 percent complete a degree, according to the OECD.  By contrast, 89 percent of Japanese who start college earn a credential. Dropouts blame poor academic preparation, “inability to cope with the competing […]

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Family literacy instructor is ‘teacher of the year’

Shari Brown,who teaches family literacy at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in North Carolina, is the National Toyota Teacher of the Year for 2012. “As the proverb goes, instead of giving a family a fish, I am able to guide my families through the process of learning to fish by developing lessons around their interests and […]

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‘You didn’t graduate from high school? Start college today!’

A high-poverty, nearly all-minority district near the Texas-Mexico border, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo had a high dropout rate. Now dropouts and high-risk students are finishing high school while they start career training. All students can take rigorous “early college” courses and the college-going rate doubled in three years, according to a new report from Jobs for the Future. Superintendent Daniel […]

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Where workers come from

Community colleges are Where the Workers Come From, according to The Street. The dizzying increase in college tuition has opened a debate about whether higher education really pays off. What’s not debatable is that many jobs do require specialized training beyond a high school degree. And that training includes technical skills that aren’t taught at […]

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Lumina: U.S. needs more college grads

Despite the rise in college graduates, employers will need 23 million more college-educated workers by 2025, concludes a Lumina Foundation report based on 2010 Census data. “We are nowhere near at the pace that we need to be,” said Jamie Merisotis, Lumina’s president. The foundation wants to increase the percentage of working-age Americans with high-quality […]

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Iowa: 21% funding cut, 60% more students

State funding for Iowa’s community colleges dropped by 21 percent while enrollment increased by 60 percent, reports the Des Moines Register, citing a report by the Iowa Fiscal Partnership. From 2001 to 2012, colleges survived by raising tuition. Inflation-adjusted tuition has increased by more than half, according to the report. “In 2000, an Iowan earning the statewide […]

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Software predicts who’ll pass the class

Learning analytics software recommends courses and predicts grades at Austin Peay State University in Texas, reports Inside Higher Ed. Tristan Denley, the provost, has built software, called Degree Compass, that analyzes an individual student’s academic record, along with the past grades of hundreds of Austin Peay State students in various courses, and predicts how well […]

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CC expels Trayvon Martin shooter

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch member who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has been expelled from Seminole State College, where he was working on an associate degree in general studies. “Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving this student, Seminole State has taken the unusual but necessary step this week to withdraw Mr. Zimmerman […]

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Held back by developmental ed

Remedial courses are holding back students instead of helping them at community and technical colleges, speakers said at the Complete College Georgia Summit on the University of Georgia campus. Thousands upon thousands of students don’t continue in college because they don’t pass algebra. That’s crazy, said Uri Treisman, a professor of math and public affairs […]

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