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Community Colleges

Building Bridges: Connecting Pathways To Lead Somewhere

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Supported by the Ford Foundation, this study offered tactics to reduce stratification and create new outcomes-based funding, suggesting a greater concentration and targeting of public support based on student needs.

$46,432 vs. $372 -- Community Colleges and Philanthropic Support

Félix Matos Rodríguez | Posted 07.28.2013 | College
Félix Matos Rodríguez

Among many significant findings presented in a recent report from The Century Foundation Task Force on Community Colleges, there was one that truly su...

What's STEM Got to Do With It?

Julie Kantor | Posted 07.24.2013 | Technology
Julie Kantor

So what does STEM got to do with it? Why should 'we the people' care about STEM? It ties to everything, education, skills and to where the jobs are and will be

Hospitality Industry and Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

Are there more restaurants springing up in one section of town? Are there new assisted-living centers? If so, it's a safe bet that there will be the need for more hospitality workers.

For Mother's Day, Support Moms at Community College

Linda Hallman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Linda Hallman

Studies have shown that a mother's education level is an important factor in the educational success and health of her children and that supporting mothers' educational achievement ultimately benefits our communities.

600,000 Fewer Students at California's Community Colleges

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

Enrollment is at a 20-year low due to massive budget cuts. These cuts mean hundreds of thousands of students are unable to access college, according to the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

Building a Skills Infrastructure by Investing in Community Colleges

Seth D. Harris | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Seth D. Harris

I view skills development as one of the leading edges of economic development. I've seen it across the country -- investing in the skills of American workers is fostering the creation of middle-class jobs and ensuring that workers can succeed in them.

Employers Should Value the Two Year Degree

Tom Snyder | Posted 06.17.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

Should colleges and universities offer vocational training? Do we need to re-examine how we are preparing students for the workforce of the 21st century? Finally, should a four-year degree be the basic requirement for all jobs?

Community Colleges and Returning Vets

Tom Snyder | Posted 06.03.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

As the war in Afghanistan winds down, thousands of servicemen and women will return home to a country that is still in the early stages of economic recovery. Helping these warriors transition to civilian life needs to be our number one priority.

Diverse Conversations: Community Colleges, the Backbone of American Higher Education

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

I recently sat down with Dr. Alicia Dowd, associate professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California, to talk about the importance of community colleges, as well as their problems and issues.

We Cannot Lose If We Focus on Student Needs

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

As with everything in life, education is complex. There are all the different types of institutions, public and private, from preschool and K-12, colleges and universities. There is no one educational model or learning system that everyone follows.

Why Arguments Blow Up Instead of Blow Over

Robert Shireman | Posted 05.08.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

There is no surer way to turn two siblings against each other than to tell both of them they are in charge. That truism is the best explanation for the epidemic of dysfunction at community colleges in California, where conflicting laws mean any disagreement can ignite a war.

The End of Community Colleges

Bruce Leslie | Posted 05.07.2013 | College
Bruce Leslie

Community colleges serve almost half of higher education's students today. We consider ourselves indispensable, yet the marketplace will allow us to fail.

CU Opposes 4-Year Degrees At Community Colleges

The Boulder Daily Camera | BRITTANY ANAS | Posted 05.03.2013 | Denver

University of Colorado President Bruce Benson and several other leaders of state colleges are opposing a bill that would allow community colleges to o...

Looking for a Villain

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.22.2013 | San Francisco
Robert Shireman

Unfortunately, things aren't looking so good for City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The college's accreditor, frustrated that the college had not been attentive to problems it had been pointing out for years, set a March 15 deadline for CCSF to make the needed changes.

India: The New Frontier for Community Colleges

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

The ministry and other policymakers in India recognize that the community college model can indeed prove highly relevant to addressing workforce needs -- and also highly relevant to transforming the lives of 600 million youth in India through expanded access to higher education.

At California Community Colleges, 10+1>11

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

Enhancing the role of the statewide Board of Governors was one of the cornerstones of AB 1725. The Board undermined its own role two years later when it was hoodwinked into mandating bureaucratic processes that prevent campus consideration and implementation of the Board's own recommendations.

Improving Completion Rates of Minority Community College Students Tranferring to Four-Year Colleges

Elsa Nunez | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
Elsa Nunez

While we clearly need to improve college completion rates across the board, one group that is of special interest to policymakers is minority students -- largely first-generation, low-income, and urban -- whose college completion rates continue to fall well below the average.

'Faculty Primacy' at the Expense of Student Success

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

A faculty committee's zealous protection of turf would be understandable if it was limited to academic turf, such as the content of a chemistry course or the grade a student deserves on a paper. However, the primacy umbrella covers almost everything that matters at a college.

The Missing Signature at Modesto Junior College

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.04.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

Anywhere else in the country the academic senate's obstinacy could be written off as absurd. But in California, community college academic senates claim special powers: regulations severely restrict the situations under which they don't get their way.

An Open Letter to Governor McCrory: Students Aren't 'Butts' -- They Are People Trying to Better Their Lives

Yuna Shin | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Yuna Shin

Governor McCrory, I don't know why you think you have a crystal ball. When students are well-rounded, the whole society benefits.

Prestige Pressure Piles on Student Loan Debt

Bob Hildreth | Posted 03.25.2013 | College
Bob Hildreth

We believe that private colleges offer the ticket to a better life. But a closer look demonstrates a more expensive degree does not ensure a higher income after graduation.

Community Colleges Need Their Community

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Not every child comes from a home where education is valued. Just like the sports teams that do special PR, we do special PR and community outreach to ignite passion for learning and enthusiasm for what education and institutions do and accomplish.

A Two-Year Degree Might Beat Your Bachelor's

Posted 01.10.2013 | College

A college degree's impact on earning potential is well known, but new data questions whether an associate's degree can beat out a bachelor's. Mark...

High School Students Should Earn Credits at Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 03.10.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

Around the country, manufacturers have job openings that demand very specific skill sets. Many community colleges are now partnered with these businesses to meet their workforce needs.