May 2012

Going broke in California

California community colleges could close or require a state bail-out, if a tax measure on the November ballot fails, warns a state college budget official. If the tax initiative fails, Gov. Jerry Brown proposes cutting $300 million from the 112-college system’s $3.7 billion budget. Schools would get $340 million from the dissolution of redevelopment agencies, […]

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Latinos struggle to graduate

Latino students are struggling to complete community college and move on to a university, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. While more students are enrolling, it’s taking longer to graduate — or not. Gerardo Raya enrolled in college in 2008 with the hopes of graduating in four years and scoring a job as an animator or illustrator. But […]

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1,700 students per counselor

Overwhelmed with students and short of funding, California’s community colleges plan to give enrollment priority to students who commit to an academic plan in their first year of college and make progress toward their goals. But a state law is making it hard to hire enough counselors, reports Inside Higher Ed. Lines at San Diego […]

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Apprenticeship vs. college

Young male apprentices earn 2 percent more than community college graduates, according to Canadian researchers, reports The Globe and Mail. The first study, by University of Toronto professors Morley Gunderson and Harry Krashinsky, found male apprentices earn 24 per cent more than those with just a high-school diploma, 15-per-cent more than those with other trades […]

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College isn’t for everyone

It’s time to ditch college for all, writes Robert Samuelson. Enrollment has soared since the GI Bill was passed after World War II, he notes. College became the ticket to the middle class, the be-all-and-end-all of K-12 education. If you didn’t go to college, you’d failed. Improving “access” — having more students go to college […]

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More students borrow, especially at for-profits

More students are borrowing for college, especially those at four-year for-profit institutions, according to the Education Department’s The Condition of Education: 2012. As the economy has shrunk and the cost of college has increased, financial aid has gone up as well. Between 2006-7 and 2009-10, the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduates receiving financial aid increased […]

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Completion by Design thinks big

Completion by Design (CbD), a Gates-funded intiative to boost low-income community college students’ graduation rates, is thinking big, reports Community College Week.  For example, one third of community college students in Texas — 289,000 in all — will be enrolled in CbD programs. Working with the Community College Research Center, CbD colleges in Texas, Ohio, North Carolina and […]

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Students learn just as much in ‘hybrid’ classes

Students learn just as much in classes that blend traditional and online learning, concludes a new study, Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials. Students at six public universities were assigned randomly to take statistics “in a hybrid format (with machine-guided instruction accompanied by one hour of face-to-face instruction each week) or […]

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How to reform Pell and help neediest students

Once a sacred cow, Pell Grants now face cuts, writes Andrew Rotherham in Time. The program is very expensive and growing rapidly. Pell grants are being scrutinized because taxpayers now spend more money on them — $36 billion this year, up from $14 billion in 2007 — than on entire federal agencies. Almost half of […]

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CCs unite to compete online with for-profits

Hoping to compete with for-profit colleges’ online operations, community colleges are uniting to promote their online courses, reports Paul Bradley in Community College Week. When prospective students use Internet search engines such as Google or Bing to plot their education path, they are often led to the for-profit providers that pay the most for online […]

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