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The Educated Citizen

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 09.02.2015 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

One key to moving our society forward is having our citizens understand the issues and make informed decisions about our leaders. While a college education may not be the only way to prepare for such an endeavor, it sure helps.

Community Colleges and Health Care

Tom Snyder | Posted 07.01.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

Programs that lead to an RN are expensive to run, and finding qualified instructors with a master's degree in nursing is challenging as these nurses can typically earn more money working in direct care.

Community Colleges and Tech Support

Tom Snyder | Posted 06.17.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

Whether it is a Mom-and-Pop business or a multi-national company, they both share a common need -- reliable tech support. But we are facing a crisis in this country because there are more jobs available in technology than there are highly skilled people to fill them.

20 Rich and Famous Community College Graduates

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business

While it's impressive and inspiring to hear stories of a self-made celebrities who carved out their fortunes without a college degree to their names, you might be surprised to see the 20 millionaires that landed on this list by attending community college.

Online Learning: Bending the Cost Curve in Higher Education?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.01.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

While the debate still remains open about the level of quality that the sector is capable of delivering, it is offering a valid alternative for working adults or marginalized students who would otherwise receive little or no education.

My Daughter's Education Didn't Meet My Expectations; It Got Rid Of Them

Heather Risinger | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Heather Risinger

As I watched everyone happily posting their kid's prom pictures and making their big college announcements, I was going through something completely different with my daughter. This was the last semester of my her high school career, and nothing was going according to plan.

The Pitfalls of Community College Placement Tests

Pamela Burdman | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Pamela Burdman

Diane Ravitch, in her recent post about international math tests, raises concerns that standardized tests damage the quality of education and constrain young people's intellectual growth. What I worry about is the way they can unfairly deny opportunities to students.

Philly Grad Aims for New Chapter In Life

Peak Johnson | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Peak Johnson

It happened earlier this month when Shawn Jorden, 25, was handed his degrees in Psychology and Liberal Arts from the Community College of Philadelphia, a goal that he had initially thought was out of reach.

From Community College to the White House Administration

DJ Patil | Posted 05.07.2015 | College
DJ Patil

I'm the U.S. Chief Data Scientist -- and I got my start in community college. Yes, I've got a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, have been fortunate to help build amazing companies like LinkedIn, and have been at the forefront of the data science movement.

Free Community College Education for All: A Good Idea?

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Since financial aid is based on income, it seems to me that providing a free community college education to everyone is more likely to support those who could afford the tuition at community colleges rather than those who cannot.

A GI Bill for Millennials

William S. Becker | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
William S. Becker

Congress should amend the President's free tuition idea to create the civilian equivalent of a GI Bill for young adults who engage in 1-3 years of national service. That single change would turn the President's proposal from a college giveaway to an opportunity that serves both the individual and the country.

Upward Mobility in America Is Stagnant. Here's How Community College Helps Fix It.

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Felix W. Ortiz III

People across the political spectrum might disagree on the causes of why mobility has stagnated, but it is obvious that more education, and especially a scaling up of community college education, should be part of the solution.

Choosing the Right Path to College

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.30.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Together with where to go and how to pay for college, there is an even more pragmatic, philosophical and important question. Within the available options, what is the best route to a four-year college degree?

Redefining Community College Excellence

Joshua Wyner | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Joshua Wyner

Nearly half of all U.S. undergraduates are enrolled in community colleges. As a nation, we must both support these institutions and challenge them to improve their record of student success if community colleges are to fulfill their potential as drivers of economic growth and social mobility.

Through Education the American Dream Can Flourish

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Whether or not you agree with any of these positions is not what's most important. What is important, from the perspective of this op-ed, is that we examine our governments and their positions.

Streamlining the Community College Transfer Process

Tracy Lorenz | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Tracy Lorenz

We must offer seamless transitions from other colleges, particularly community colleges, to reduce redundancy in course work while also reducing the overall cost.

Why Transfer Agreements Don't Work in Higher Education

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Is it even possible to "legislate" or impose bureaucratically a solution to how to create a seamless pathway between two-year and four-year institutions?

Education Funding Taking Hits Nationwide

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Institutions of higher learning are caught between a rock and hard place. On one hand, keeping tuition affordable presents greater opportunities and attracts more students, but it limits colleges and universities financially as the downward trend in state funding continues.

How to Make Obama's Community College Proposals Actually Succeed

Patrick T. Harker | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Patrick T. Harker

A lot is at stake. Among students who enroll in community college, only about 60 percent come back for their second year and only about 30 percent earn an Associate degree within three years.

Whither Public Higher Education

Bernard Rowan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Bernard Rowan

Worse than our country's largely rhetorical leadership posture in the face of the greatest rollback in public higher education ever is the complicity of the great majority of the American people in this disastrous and draconian situation.

A Diploma and a Degree... For Free?

Randy Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

Community colleges is not the final destination, however if utilized strategically, urban students can benefit from the opportunity to attend them; particularly if they were to obtain an associate's degree during their final two years in high school.

Free Community College? Choose Wisely

GenDIY | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education

Not all community colleges are the same. Through our research, evaluation and work with educational institutions, we have learned that colleges--the budget choices they make, the academic programs they design, the student supports they offer, and the cultures they nurture--can have a dramatic impact on whether students finish.

This Is the Moment for Community Colleges to Shine

Dr. Jill Biden | Posted 04.13.2015 | College
Dr. Jill Biden

The responsibility for educating students is not the students' alone. It is a responsibility that belongs to all of us. We all reap the benefits when our citizens are well-educated and well-trained. It means that our economies are more vibrant, and our future is brighter.

A Better Way to Spend $60 Billion? Expand Pell Grants

Carolyn Ash | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Carolyn Ash

Let's make an even greater investment in the Pell Grant program. And let's eradicate labor market inequalities that reward white high school dropouts with greater access to jobs than black graduates with a community college degree.

Atmosphere of Accountability

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 04.07.2015 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

I believe in accountability. We are stewards of the public trust. I also believe that government has a right to know what we're doing with the public funds. But too many masters can do more harm than good.