August 2012

The end of a transfer guarantee

High-achieving community college students in the San Diego area have been guaranteed a spot at University of California in San Diego. No more. UCSD will end the transfer guarantee for students at Palomar, MiraCosta and other community colleges, reports the North County Times. The transfer admission guarantee, or “TAG” agreement, allows community college students with […]


California CCs: 470,000 wait for classes

California’s community colleges are offering fewer classes and enrolling fewer students, according to a survey of the state’s two-year public colleges. “More than 470,000 community college students are beginning the fall semester on waiting lists, unable to get into the courses they need,” reports the Los Angeles Times. The system has been hit by $809 million in state […]


If at first you don’t succeed, try again—for free

If at first you don’t succeed, you can try again —for free — at Missouri State University-West Plains, a public two-year institution, reports Community College Times. “We’re telling students that if they go to all of their classes, do all of their assigned homework, communicate with their instructors and advisors and use our free tutoring services, […]


Community college raises odds of 4-year degree

Enrolling in community college increase students’ chances of earning a bachelor’s degree, concludes a new study. Jennie E. Brand, a professor of sociology at UCLA, analyzed the choices of Chicago public high school graduates. Most didn’t make it all the way: Only 11 percent completed a bachelor’s degree in six years. But community college helped most students and […]


Valencia finds ways to raise completion rates

Community colleges are seeking new strategies to raise completion rates, reports Community College Times. Valencia College in Florida, winner of this year’s Aspen Prize for excellence, is a leader in getting high-risk students to a better future. Growing up in a trailer park in Florida with a father in prison and a mother who was a […]


Study: 2-year for-profit students earn more

Students who enroll in associate’s degree programs at for-profit colleges raise their earnings as much as community college students — or more — concludes a new study, The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education. (Here’s the pdf.) Enrollees boost their previous earnings by 6 to 8 percent; graduates raise their pre-college earnings by […]


Washington Monthly’s best bang-for-the-buck colleges

The University of California at San Diego tops Washington Monthly‘s list of the top colleges for social mobility (enrolling and graduating low-income students at an affordable price), research and service. Next in line are Texas A&M, Stanford, University of North Carolina and Berkeley. Only one of U.S. News‘ top ten schools, Stanford, makes the Washington Monthy’s top ten. Yale fails […]


Smart borrowing

Some California community colleges are using innovative strategies to promote “responsible use of federal student loans,”  reports  Making Loans Work by The Institute for College Access and Success and the California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators Association. While most community college students do not borrow, “federal student loans are an essential source of aid for those who […]


CCs set enrollment priorities

With too many students and not enough funding, some community colleges are setting enrollment priorities, reports Community College Times. California is expected to give registration priority to continuing students who are making progress toward a certificate, degree, transfer or career  objective, first-time students who participate in orientation and assessment and develop an education plan and […]


Chicago: We’re closing the skills gap

Chicago’s city colleges are closing the skills gap, writes Chancellor Cheryl Hyman. Last December, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Hyman launched the College to Careers initiative. College to Careers has attracted major corporate partners, from UPS to United Airlines, from Walgreen to CVS, who are eager to help City Colleges develop what we call “credentials of […]


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