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5 Things You Can do to Avoid the $1.2 Trillion Student Debt Dilemma

Jeff Ray | Posted 02.03.2016 | Education
Jeff Ray

While there are some things out of the student's control -- rising tuition, interest rates, etc. -- students and their families can take steps to pursue the education they need and want without going into crippling debt, namely by taking on a business mindset.

The Trump Phenomenon

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 02.03.2016 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

It is clearly not my place to endorse or speak against any political candidate in my official capacity as the president of a public community college. Therefore, I will attempt to explore this topic without tipping my hand regarding Mr. Trump (but I doubt I will be able to accomplish that task).

5 Ways to Leverage Community Colleges for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development

Joe Kapp | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Joe Kapp

Withering economies are perhaps one of the most daunting issues facing many communities, particularly in small-town, rural America. The days of Ma-and-Pa shops opening on every corner have gone the way of record players and the elevator operators.

The Balance

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

We, in higher education, need to teach students to understand other cultures. We need to encourage them to use facts in discussions, not sound bites and hyperbole.

Invest in Ag Tech Education and Return Farmers to Entrepreneurship

Joe Kapp | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Joe Kapp

Entrepreneurship, like so much of American history, began on our nation's farms. From the moment the first ancestors planted a seed, watered it and wa...

The Transfer Problem: The Case for Private Colleges

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.18.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

In November, the Edvance Foundation released a report titled, "Strengthening the Transfer Pathway," that identified opportunities for private colleges and universities to accept a much more robust stream of transfer students.

Strengthening the College Transfer Pathway

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.11.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Higher education leaders have a major problem from which they cannot hide. The transfer pathway from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities is badly broken. And, it's partly their fault.

Four Characteristics of Job and Career Development

Dr. Gary M. Green | Posted 01.05.2016 | College
Dr. Gary M. Green

Community colleges need to assess labor market outcomes, the end of completion. Economic research and data firms like EMSI and Burning Glass are supporting this effort taking the college's value-add assessment to a new level.

Remedial Education at Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 12.22.2015 | Education
Tom Snyder

According to the report, "Remediation: Higher Education's Bridge to Nowhere," fifty-one percent of all applicants to community colleges are required t...

Guns on Campus

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 12.04.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

No -- more guns is NOT the answer. I, like every president of a college, lose sleep over the potential that someone may come to my campus with a purpose of killing a specific individual or a group of people. I take my responsibility to protect the students, faculty and staff seriously.

Repairing the Potholes on the College Transfer Pathway

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.16.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

It has been instructive to watch how higher education leadership, including policy makers, work to improve how students transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities.

Five Tips for Transferring to a UC From a Community College

Students Rising Above | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Ever heard the phrase, "the early bird gets the worm?" That's certainly the case here! You will find that there are many requirements you must fulfill to be eligible to transfer to a University of California (UC) campus.

3 Reasons to Skill Up this National Apprenticeship Week

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
Nicholas Wyman

President Obama has used the launch of the first National Apprenticeship week to shine the spotlight on the value and opportunity that exists with the...

Preparing for College

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.30.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

There are a myriad of factors that influence whether a student is successful in college. We all need to explore new methods of delivery. We all need to increase the support services that help students succeed, all of which increases our costs.

The Best Community Colleges of 2015 | Posted 10.22.2015 | College

Students who attend a community college and transfer to a four year institution can save significantly on tuition and have fewer student loans to pay off when the time comes to graduate.

Who's To Blame When a Student Fails a Test?

Serena Piper | Posted 10.21.2015 | College
Serena Piper

I teach at a preschool and I find every way I can to work with my kids to make sure they take something away from each activity. Why should college be any different?

What Makes Academic Crime Fiction Tick?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

I served my time in academia for over a decade. And a few years after I left, I decided to start a mystery series set in that environment.

Keeping Score: New Iteration and Limitations of the College Scorecard

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher | Posted 10.07.2015 | College
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher

The College Scorecard endeavors to provide those college-bound with institutional data to make informed decisions in selecting which college to attend based on factors such as costs, completion rates, etc. Nonetheless, there is a wrinkle considering the way in which completion is calculated.

Are We Talking to the Wrong People About Gun Control?

Liesel Reinhart | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Liesel Reinhart

Regardless of what the constitution may or may not allow, I can live a perfectly happy and safe life without owning a gun. I had that thought today, and it led to another: Maybe it's time to stop talking about rights and start talking about personal rationale.

Innovation in our Communities

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Innovation is a word that is thrown around a lot. We live in an innovation economy. The company is very innovative. Innovation is the key to our future. But we're not always a society that supports innovation.

Spreading the Ivy: What Happens When Community College Faculty Are Offered Fellowships at the Ivy League

Jayanti Tamm | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Jayanti Tamm

In America's new Gilded Age, the options and opportunities for those with the greatest fortunes are limitless. For students from wealthy families, the ever-escalating cost of a college degree is not a barrier.

Meet the Five Healthiest Campuses in America

Alison Malmon | Posted 10.06.2015 | College
Alison Malmon

We often talk about what colleges are doing wrong and where they're falling short. From sexual assault to mental health, the consequences can be tragic when student health isn't prioritized - high drop-out rates, life-long trauma, even death.

Contributions of Community Colleges to Cities and Towns

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.18.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

Many high school students enroll at a community college in their senior year to get academic credit at a reduced price. These courses can then be applied to their freshman year at a community college or a four year institution.

Back-to-School Planning for Returning Students

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

For mid-career workers, education is a great way to remain vital in the workforce. It can also be a risky financial investment. Experienced workers should fully investigate all degree and training programs for maximum payoff.

16 of the Best Community Colleges in Illinois Ranked by Wallethub

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The cost of four-year colleges is climbing, and many students and parents have therefore been looking at community colleges as a financially sound option. Illinois has some great community colleges, and they come at an affordable price.