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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...

Collaboration Is Key in Creating Value of 'Free' Community College

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Nicholas Wyman

Naturally, the President's recent pitch for a major expansion in community college funding has been greeted with equal parts praise and criticism.

'State of the Union' Relies on Stronger Elementary, Secondary STEM Offerings

Vince Bertram | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Vince Bertram

As the president stated, to ensure a more prosperous future, we must continue to focus on education. At the K-12 level, we must equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully navigate post-secondary education and their careers.

President's 5 Economic Proposals That Could Benefit LGBTQ People

Meghan Maury | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Meghan Maury

This week, President Obama introduce a series of economic proposals during his annual State of the Union speech. Here's how five of them would impact the LGBTQ community.

Why Obama's 'America's College Promise' Is a Bad Idea

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The President is expected to announce in his State of The Union Address tonight a plan to make community college free. It's called "America's College Promise," and while that might be welcome news for community college students around the country, it's another example of wasteful government spending.

The President's Plan for Tuition-Free Education at Community Colleges

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.19.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

The President has introduced only the grand idea of providing tuition-free education for all students attending community colleges, an idea which, at first glance, seems to have great merit. But at this point we know very few details.

Soaring Inequality Reverses Educational Progress

Jon Wisman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Jon Wisman

Obama's proposal comes at a time when the cost of college tuition -- both public and private -- has soared, making attendance difficult if not impossible for many households, the majority of which have suffered stagnant incomes since the 1970s.

The Coming College Decline

National Journal | Posted 01.15.2015 | College

The best way to understand the stakes in President Obama's proposal to massively expand access to community college is to consider a stark forecast fr...

College Campuses: Incubators for Change

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

As we think about recent events at the end of 2014 and welcome in the New Year of 2015, I reflect on what we might be able to do on college campuses to alter (and hopefully improve) the trajectory of our society.

'Free' Community College: Gift Horse or Trojan Horse?

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.13.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

President Obama's "America's College Promise" proposal for "free" community college is a great idea! A similar program in Tennessee, the site of President Obama's announcement, is apparently hugely successful. What could possibly go wrong with such a simple concept? Plenty.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's Free Community College Plan Promises To Shake Up Higher Ed

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

Some 9 million Americans could attend community college tuition-free under a proposal President Barack Obama announced Friday. His plan, which is s...

Free Community College Is a Game Changer

Tom Snyder | Posted 03.11.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

Naysayers will claim there is no money on the federal or state level to support the president's plan. But we must go beyond viewing free community college as a handout and rather see it as an investment in our country's future.

'Nontraditional' But Increasingly Common Barriers to Higher Education

Abby Miller | Posted 03.10.2015 | College
Abby Miller

This growing majority of students has essentially been penalized because their families or their schools were unable to provide the same encouragement and direction that more privileged students have access to.

Clarity About Disparity in Education

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2015 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Spread the word -- education is worth it, it is necessary. We need every child -- indeed everyone -- to have access to learning in a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment.

Moving Community College Graduates Toward a Four-Year Degree

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 02.14.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There is growing consensus that more attention must be paid to increasing the number of two-year graduates who go on to complete a four-year degree. While over 80 percent of first year community college students state completion of a four-year degree as their intention, less than 12 percent of them accomplish their goal.

The College Completion Imperative: Public Higher Ed Steps Up

Muriel Howard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Muriel Howard

Accountability is a hallmark of public higher education. In our commitment to student success, we will need more accurate and comprehensive measures of student progress--both as a yardstick for institutional improvement and to assure external accountability.

Attracting Students to STEM

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Our country is not producing enough graduates from STEM programs to fuel the innovation economy. India is far outpacing the United States in engineering graduates.

The Greatest Power and Privilege of All

Isa Adney | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Isa Adney

Love may not raise test scores. But I think it creates the kind of safety net that helps people develop the kind of resilience and skills and motivation they need to fight through whatever lack of privilege they may have been born into.

Love and Equity: The Genius of Silvester Henderson, Gospel Impresario and Social Activist in Public Education

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Joanna Perry-Folino

Where is hope when images of men and women are shown again and again as they're beaten, tasered or killed by police and become so commonplace that our hearts and minds become numb to it?

The College Olympics: How to Choose the Right College and How to Get the Right College to Choose You

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 01.11.2015 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

Finding the right fit for college is a complex process requiring considerable effort. While not for everyone, higher education will not only expand your earning power by developing your skills and intellect, but also open the doors and windows to the pleasures of reading and the joy of learning.

5 Politicians Who Started At Community Colleges

us news | Kelsey Sheehy | Posted 11.06.2014 | College

This article comes to us courtesy of U.S. News & World Report, where it was originally published. A four-year degree isn't necessarily a prerequisi...

The 4-Year Versus 2-Year Degree Debate: Myths, Stereotypes and Realities of Today's Higher Education Landscape

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 01.05.2015 | College
Felix W. Ortiz III

From the perspective of our global leaders, job seekers must be supplied with the most direct, straightforward career pathways coupled with the rudimentary resources and tools needed at all junctures of education, degree and certification, employment, and onward.

Community Colleges Continue to Step Up Their Game

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 01.05.2015 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

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 newslet...

Dear White People, Taylor Swift and Me

Isa Adney | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Isa Adney

No matter how you identify yourself or where you happen to find yourself on the spectrum of power and privilege, think about one thing you can do or say or ask today that can make someone feel a little bit less alone, and a little bit more at home.

Campaign Time

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

We need to have open discussions on campus, not about each and every issue (there isn't time), but about the need to think critically regarding voting. Teaching students to look at the issues and the candidates is important, it is also difficult.