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Dr. Robert L. Breuder has served for nearly 35 years across three institutions as a community college president. He is currently president of College of DuPage in the western suburbs of Chicago.

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Higher Ed Must Shift Gears to Meet Student Needs

(5) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 7:08 PM

In the business world, investors carefully weed through proposals to find opportunities they believe provide the most room for growth and offer the greatest benefit for their organizations. They review the risks and analyze the long-term potential of their investments to determine whether or not an idea or project has...

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Education Funding Taking Hits Nationwide

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Standard & Poor's Rating Services recently issued a negative outlook for nonprofit higher education for 2015. "Upping the Ante: Costs of Luring Top Students Keeps the Outlook Negative on U.S. Not-for-Profit Higher Education Sector" cites that colleges and universities will continue to struggle to balance their rising costs...

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Illinois Educational Funding -- Expect Deep Cuts

(8) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 10:20 AM

Within 24 hours of Governor Bruce Rauner taking office, numerous media outlets reported on his immediate steps to rectify Illinois' dire financial situation. While his first acts as governor weren't earth-shattering, they are more than we've seen in recent years as previous administrations have allowed the state to fall further...

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Fiscal Fitness: Higher Education Must Be Run Like a Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Note: This article by College of DuPage President Dr. Robert L. Breuder first ran in Community College Daily on Dec. 16, 2014.

While many colleges and other businesses take a hard look at fiscal fitness during budget season, keeping the numbers in shape must be a year-long...

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Community Colleges Continue to Step Up Their Game

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 5:34 PM

The following post is a modified version of an article written by College of DuPage President Dr. Robert L. Breuder and printed in an internal newsletter for COD employees on Oct. 13, 2014.

PBS NewsHour recently posted an article from the Hechinger Report called "Why Even Top...

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Free Tuition Follow Up

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:28 PM

Over the last few months, I've written two articles about colleges offering free tuition for students, a topic that continues to be discussed nationally. Following is an overview on what's taken place in terms of progress and some new initiatives to help make college more affordable for students.

The first...

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Free College Tuition - The Right Way to Pay?

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:03 PM

The conversation about free college tuition is growing louder and larger as educators and lawmakers try to find a way to produce an educated workforce without sending students into mountains of debt.

In Tennessee, the Tennessee Promise is ready to make its debut, with the initiative's first...

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Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 12:14 PM

At the end of June, Senate Democrats and House Republicans separately presented plans on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act.

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the act into law as a measure to help colleges and universities. It is the major law that governs federal student aid, and in...

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Free Tuition a Debt Solution for Higher Education? Let's Take Action From the Inside Out

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Free tuition seems to be quite a hot topic in higher education as of late, and with good reason. With increasing tuition costs and fewer options for borrowing at fiscally responsible interest rates, states are feeling the burden of unpaid loans like never before. With student debt in the U.S....

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Enough of the Economic 'Blame Game': Colleges Must Take Responsibility for Enrollment

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Many individuals were impacted at the recession's onset. Jobs were lost. Businesses closed. And initially, many community colleges reported huge enrollment boosts, as unemployed and under-employed individuals flocked back to school in search of new careers or to improve their skills.

As the recession continued, however, it appeared those...

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Community Colleges: Four-Year Degrees in Illinois and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Timing is everything and it is now time to bring to the forefront again the issue of community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees. Twenty-two states are on board and have authorized community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees in specified technical degree areas such as manufacturing, nursing and automotive technology, with

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States Investigate Extreme Measures to Increase College Accessibility

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 2:50 PM

The high price of education is a common theme these days. According to a recent U.S. News and World Report article, the average published tuition and fees at public four-year institutions rose 50.7 percent over the last decade when factoring in inflation. This figure increased 25 percent beyond...

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Private Colleges Face Enrollment Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 2:48 PM

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the falling enrollment at small private colleges and the national trends contributing to it. Most telling is a quote from Jonathan Henry, vice president of enrollment at Husson University in Bangor, Maine: "I think it's fair to say 30 percent of...

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Generating First-Generation Students

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 10:52 AM

ACT has released its recent "Condition of College and Career Readiness" report, and while the news isn't unexpected, it's far from ideal. Nationally, only 26 percent of high-school graduates who took the ACT in 2013 met all four of its college-readiness benchmarks - English, reading, mathematics and science....

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Overrating Graduating?

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:33 PM

An interesting report from takes aim at a growing focus on graduation rates as an indicator of a successful college. I have been very vocal about the many reasons students attend a community college and that graduation rates should not be the measure of our success. I...

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Does a College Degree Make Dollars and Sense?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 8:38 AM

Over the past few months, we've heard much about President Obama's plan to make higher education more affordable and about the creation of a performance rating system for colleges and universities. This has caused debate both inside and outside of higher education at a time when many people are asking...

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Future Value of College Educations - ROI (Real or Implied) Credentials

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 5:52 PM

Not long ago, the term Return on Investment was used mainly by bankers, stockbrokers and portfolio managers. Now it has made its way into higher education.

Just last month, President Obama announced his intention to have the federal government institute a performance rating system by 2015 that would...

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Manufacturing: A Pathway to Prosperity

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 11:51 AM

Whether it's the Krups you use for your morning coffee, the garage door you close with the touch of a button, or the computer you log onto that signifies your day has begun -nearly everything you use in your job and life has the stamp of a manufacturer on it....

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