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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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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.

EXCLUSIVE: Obama Gives His 'Blueprint for Middle-Class Economics'

Barack Obama | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Barack Obama

America's resurgence is real. With a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. Now we have to choose what we want that future to look like. Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?

College for All: Democratic Safeguard, Economic Necessity

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
Elisabeth Mason

There was a time when you couldn't go to high school for free in the U.S. If you wanted education beyond the eighth grade, you'd have to find a school and pay for it. After all, what was the point of free, universal high school if most kids ended up on the farm or in the factory?

'Free' Does Not Mean 'Valuable': Why Free Community College Needs Strings Attached

Carol J. Carter | Posted 03.29.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

We applaud President Barack Obama's many steps toward educational and career access for all Americans. We believe that for the free community college initiative to deliver needed results, we need clarity on the problems facing community colleges, strong accountability measures, and solutions to drive student success, not simply access.

Obama's Proposal for Free Community College: Reconnecting Education with Aspiration

John Hope Bryant | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

If his K-20 proposal actually becomes law, thousands of young people whose hopes for college seemed as remote as landing a corner office job will have an entry into a world of possibility. They will have access to both a college and career pathway for the array of jobs requiring Associates degrees or certification.

Reflections of a Temple Grad

Peak Johnson | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Peak Johnson

So many thoughts started to form in my mind as my row started to join the long line of graduates. It amazed me at the time, and it still does on occasion, that a kid from North Philadelphia who originally had no plans on attending an institution of higher learning was now graduating from college again.

Are Community Colleges The Answer?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

President Obama's State of the Union address this week laid out proposals to revamp the tax code by raising taxes and fees on the wealthiest Americans...