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What Values Should a College Education Support?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.13.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Tim Goral published an extremely interesting interview with former president of the Appalachian College Association, Alice Brown, in University Busine...

Lessons Learned As A Community College President

Tom Snyder | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Tom Snyder

I retired in June as President of Ivy Tech in Indiana, the nation's largest singly accredited community college system. Although I had an advanced de...

Go (College) Fish: Easing Path for Community College Transfers

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 06.20.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

One of the most persistent problems facing American higher education is how best to create a seamless pathway among the various higher education secto...

Education Innovation: Tailored Approaches Driving Outcomes

Josef Blumenfeld | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Josef Blumenfeld

Last week, I went to two educational institutions in Greater Boston that are widely recognized as being on the forefront of innovation. Both schools are pioneering new ways to serve their students and prepare them for the 21st Century.

Once Imprisoned By a Wrongful Conviction, Attorney Jarrett Adams Now Offers Universal Lessons

Michael Golden | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Michael Golden

The phrase "changing people's lives" is spoken daily in the world of education and advocacy. I, myself, have been saying it for years. And though I'...

5 Initiatives Keeping Public Schools Vital

Posted 05.24.2016 | Business

Like in most U.S. states, the landscape of education continues to evolve in California. As the ecosystem gets crowded with more and more options, from...

The Candidates and Higher Education

Tom Snyder | Posted 04.20.2016 | College
Tom Snyder

As the presidential campaign heats up, it is time to look at where the candidates stand on higher education.

How to Make a Wrong College Right

Adele Scheele | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Adele Scheele

The ugly reality of not being accepted by the college of your choice or being denied financial aid could feel like the end of the world. But don't despair. You have options. You can have an amazing, productive and worthwhile higher education experience no matter what the scenario.

Building Seamless Pathways For Students: Good for Students and States

Eloy Ortiz Oakley | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Every year the challenge of managing the cost of a college education continues to grow. The average cost of public universities is nearly five figures...

Want to Add Even More Value to a Community College Education?

Joe Kapp | Posted 03.30.2016 | Education
Joe Kapp

From urban settings to rural areas, community colleges have long served as important institutions for education, workforce development and retraining. The time has come for these schools to add entrepreneurial education to the array of certifications and trainings they offer.

Free Tuition Is Not a Cure-All

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2016 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Free K-12 education has never solved all of our children's woes in America, and it won't solve the woes of college students. Life is complex. Humans are complex. Solving the complexities of what might hinder a student from being able to learn and thrive in a college setting is complex.

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.