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New California Law Could Shut Out Low-Income College Students

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.11.2013 | College

A controversial new law will allow some California community colleges to charge more for their most popular classes, outraging some students and publi...

7 Reasons Why Community College Is Awesome

| Posted 10.21.2013 | Teen

By Alicia Thomas Chances are, you didn’t grow up wearing T-shirts and hats adorned with the mascot or logo of your local community college. Most ...

The Problem With Being a Transfer Student

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Nearly 50 percent of the students enrolled in America attend community colleges. Isn't it time that somebody thought about how best to prepare these students to meet their goals and workforce needs? Perhaps we should begin first by asking the students what they need most.

Above And Beyond: Raising Retention And Graduation Rates at Community Colleges

Dr. Diane B. Call | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Diane B. Call

Community colleges are a gateway for non-traditional students; many of whom face a diverse set of challenges, and are obliged to balance their studies with the demands of work and family. To help these students maintain momentum, an atmosphere must be established that draws personalized services closer to academic objectives.

Degrees of Distinction: 12 Associate Degrees for Tomorrow's Jobs

Dr. Gary M. Green | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
Dr. Gary M. Green

If these technologies are creating economic value and the jobs of tomorrow, community colleges are preparing graduates for the opportunities these jobs represent.

Ending Hunger in our Communities: The Community College Role

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2013 | DC
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

Montgomery College joined with local Montgomery County and nonprofit leaders, private sector partners, and advocates in support of a project that will enrich both our students and community -- by supporting the creation of a countywide food recovery program.

Investing in Skills, Investing in People's Dreams

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 11.23.2013 | Business
Thomas E. Perez

As we continue our work to accelerate this economic recovery and restore broad-based prosperity, one of our most critical tasks is to empower American workers with the skills they need to succeed in 21st-century jobs.

Opening Doors

Lee D. Lambert | Posted 11.13.2013 | College
Lee D. Lambert

It is essential for adult education and community colleges to partner to provide clear articulation paths, and for adult education courses to prepare students for college or careers without the need for remediation.

Looking at the President's Plan for Higher Education

Dr. Devorah Lieberman | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Dr. Devorah Lieberman

How, as educators and leaders of these institutions, can we ensure that we are providing our new and current students with these experiences and these post graduation opportunities?

Penalizing The Poor

Dr. Antonio Pérez | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Dr. Antonio Pérez

The bottom line is that because of the changes in eligibility and the shortfalls for Pell Grants, millions of low-income students will never even apply to college, scared away by the cost -- with good reason.

Should Your Child Consider a Two-Year College?

Jodi Okun | Posted 10.16.2013 | Parents
Jodi Okun

For some families the two-year path is a strictly financial choice. Many find that it is cost-effective to take more of the core classes at a local community college and then transfer those credits to a four-year institution.

The Future of Higher Education

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.13.2013 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

So, what will education look like ten years from now? I highly doubt that higher education will lose the need for a physical place, the actual campus, with faculty and staff who interact with students in classes and on a person-to-person basis. However, how we teach will change, even more than it has to date.

An Educator-Activist Praises the Community College Movement

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

I believe deeply that community colleges are still part of a crucial movement in our great country -- that we are critical to the future economic health of our country and the continuation of the American Dream.

Research Supports Work of Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

We need to recognize that not everyone should attend a four-year institution. There are good jobs available for those with a community college degree or graduates of a certificate program.

Manufacturing: A Pathway to Prosperity

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Whether it's the Krups you use for your morning coffee, the garage door you close with the touch of a button, or the computer you log onto that signif...

Lost Opportunity

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 09.01.2013 | College
Eliot Armand Glenn

Is this the right set of incentives: aim low to succeed? Does this seem fair? Four years may not be feasible for everyone, but those who come close ought not to walk away empty-handed. In this regard, there may be a lesson to be learned from the less prestigious end of the undergraduate spectrum.

Community Colleges We Need

John Engler | Posted 08.31.2013 | College
John Engler

While the data are clear -- it is much better to have a college degree than not -- it is also true that not all valuable degrees need to put families into serious debt. Many community colleges today prove that value can be had at a reasonable price.

The Dirty Job America Must Now Embrace -- Closing the Skills Gap

Julie Kantor | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Julie Kantor

We forgot how to just make something that America could sell and many 'dirty jobs' were viewed as beneath us in our quest to work smart but not necessarily hard.

Making Career Training Soup From Stones

Bradley W. Johnson | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
Bradley W. Johnson

It seems like every day there is a new story on how our higher education system is going to hell in the proverbial hand basket. While rising tuition c...

Oregon's Community Colleges: The Utility Players of Our Education Enterprise

Dr. Lawrence Galizio | Posted 08.13.2013 | College
Dr. Lawrence Galizio

What do former professional athletes Sammy Baugh, George Blanda, Bert Campaneris and Jose Oquendo have in common? They are all recognized as having...

The Sub-Bachelor's STEM Economy

Jonathan Rothwell | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Jonathan Rothwell

It is well established that knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects leads to high-paying careers, but we have the misconception that all STEM workers are advanced degree holders.

Separate and Unequal in Higher Education

Ira Rubenzahl | Posted 08.12.2013 | College
Ira Rubenzahl

It's been almost 60 years since the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education led to the dismantling of segregated schools in the South...

Words of Wisdom From a Community College Commencement

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

Commencement ceremonies are celebratory and often emotional events. I would put forth that community college commencements are particularly moving. Why? For many of our students, the community college was the second chance -- or perhaps the only chance -- at higher education.

Study: The Truth About Community College Students

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.05.2013 | College

A majority of students who head to community colleges after high school say they plan to eventually get a four-year degree, but a new report from the ...

Linking Diversity to Work Force Needs

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.03.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Despite the evolving interpretation offered by state and federal courts, American higher education as a community remains committed in its support to increase diversity among students.