September 2012

19% of families owe on college loans

Nineteen percent of households owed student loan debt in 2010, more than double the share two decades earlier, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Forty percent of households headed by someone younger than age 35 owe such debt, also a record high. The debt burden is heaviest for low-income families. The average debtor […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (0)


California: Perform or pay

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the Student Success Act, which cuts off fee waivers for students who fall below a C average for two semesters in a row and requires colleges to provide orientation, assessment, placement, counseling and education planning help to new students. At least two-thirds of students qualify for fee waivers. Full tuition […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (1)


A bridge to trade skills

Los Angeles Trade Technical College‘s Bridge Academy is raising persistence rates, reports The Campaign for College Opportunity.  The L.A. Trade Bridge Academy provides free orientation for all students — informing them of how to create an education plan, enroll in courses, and access financial aid and other campus resources. New students and returning students can also […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (0)


Colleges will design competency-based, self-paced courses

Community college students will be able to demonstrate competency to earn credits in self-paced classes, reports the Texas Tribune. It’s the Western Governors University model — but classes will include classroom instruction as well as online learning. WGU Texas and three community colleges — Sinclair Community College in Ohio, Broward College in Florida and Texas’ own […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (0)


CCs get $500 million for job training

Community colleges will get $500 million in federal grants to fund job training. The Labor and Education departments will work together on the program, which will focus on  ”skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (0)


Tennessee: 2-year degree pays off

New graduates with associate degrees may earn more than four-year graduates in Tennessee, reports the Leaf Chronicle. Two-year graduates averaged $38,948 in earnings in their first year, compared to $37,258 for four-year graduates, according to a study by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and College Measures. Community college graduates in health, construction and technology were high earners in their […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (0)


‘Academic progress’ — not 4-year degrees — for nurses

Instead of requiring all nurses to enter the profession with a bachelor’s degree, nurses should be able to start with an associate degree and make “academic progress” throughout their careers,  say organizations including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community Colleges Trustees, the  National League for Nursing and […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (0)


Readiness goes beyond academic skills

While “students need strong academic skills to succeed in postsecondary education,”  college readiness includes non-academic skills, behaviors and attitudes, write Melinda Mechur Karp and Rachel Hare Bork, researchers at the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia, in Inside Higher Ed. Many new students — especially those who are the first in their family to go […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (1)


Online students want personalized advising

Online students need consistent, personalized advising support, reports the League for Innovation in the Community College. While live chat is useful for answering simple questions, online students do best when they can form a relationship with someone who will help them develop academic and career plans. Assigning an adviser who will work with a student […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (0)


Two-year college students get no respect

Community college students get no respect, writes UCLA Education Professor Mike Rose in Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education. Adult students at community colleges and remedial programs want job skills — but they also want an education, Rose writes. Self-improvement is an American tradition, notes Jay Mathews in the Washington Post. . […]

PERMALINK   |   COMMENTS (1)


Older Posts »