June 2012

The higher ed bubble

Instapundit Glenn Reynolds’ new book, The Higher Education Bubble, argues that students are taking on crippling debt for degrees of varying value.

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Scorecard rates college performance

College Measures is rating colleges and universities. According to the Performance Scorecard for two-year institutions, the graduation plus transfer rate is 38.9 percent for public two-year colleges, compared to 57.3 percent for for-profit colleges. While public two-year colleges charge less than for-profits, the cost per completion is $58,808 for community colleges, only $47,975 for the for-profits. […]

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Community colleges add 4-year degrees

In 21 states, community colleges are adding bachelor’s degrees, reports Community College Week. Other states may follow the trend. Florida has led the way with 22 community colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in nursing, elementary education, business management and other fields. All are built on associate degree programs and meet local workforce needs. Florida State College […]

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Chamber rates states on college access, success

The U.S. needs a more efficient and effective higher education system, concludes a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report which rates the states on college access, success, efficiency, meeting workforce needs and transparency. Here’s the map showing grades for two-year public colleges. Business leaders worry the U.S. will run short of educated, skilled workers, the report says. At […]

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‘Dual’ students flood Florida colleges

Dual enrollment  is so popular in Florida that it’s breaking community college budgets, reports the Orlando Sentinel. “Dual” students enrolled in both high school and community college pay no tuition. Statewide that’s costing community colleges $50 million a year and climbing. Some colleges are limiting slots for  ”dual” students. “Basically we’re eating out of our […]

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5% fail ‘gainful employment’ test

Five percent of college career programs — all at for-profit colleges — have failed all three “gainful employment” rules, the U.S. Education Department announced Tuesday. The rule covers non-degree programs.  Here’s a chart showing the programs. Vocational programs must show that 35 percent of former students are repaying their loans, repayment takes no more than 12 […]

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College for some?

Do too many young people go to college? If so, who shouldn’t go? In a Wall Street Journal debate, Richard Vedder, director of the  Center for College Affordability and Productivity, argued that the public sector, which “funds a big portion of higher-education costs,” must “start making more intelligent use of our limited resources.” Students in, say, the […]

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No ‘brain drain’ for rural community college students

When Appalachian students go to community college, “brain drain” isn’t inevitable, concludes Becoming to Remain: Community College Students and Post-Secondary Pursuits in Central Appalachia by Christina J. Wright, of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Thirty students at Southeast Community and Technical College in Harlan County, Kentucky were interviewed for the study, which was published in the The […]

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Six states unite on career pathways

Students need alternatives to the four-year college track, including career pathways that include strong academics and technical education, concludes the 2011 Pathways to Prosperity report by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Now Harvard, Jobs for the Future and six states have launched the Pathways to Prosperity Network to focus on helping young people  complete high school, earn […]

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5.6 million new jobs in health care

The fast-growing demand for health care will create 5.6 million new jobs over the next eight years, according to a study by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce. That’s a 30 percent increase by 2020 — whether Obamacare is enacted or not. The nursing workforce is expected to grow by 26 percent, but nurses […]

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