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Going To This Type Of College Won't Help You Get Hired

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.18.2014 | College

A new study comparing graduates of for-profit colleges with those of cheaper community colleges found attending a school like the University of Phoeni...

Student Debt and Higher Education

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Student debt has been a hot topic of discussion in Washington, Albany, and all around the country. Graduates are losing lifetime wealth due to college debt. Although this may be true, it may not be the entire issue.

Why Some Community College Students Can't Get Student Loans

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.16.2014 | College

Nearly one million community college students in 30 states attend schools that do not provide access to federal student loans, according to a report r...

Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 07.10.2014 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

At the end of June, Senate Democrats and House Republicans separately presented plans on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act.

Summer on the FM Campus

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Working in education, I am often asked if I enjoy my summers off. For sure, activity on a college campus is slower during the summer months when compa...

When Your HS Graduates Choose Community College

Isa Adney | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

It scares me how much the negative stereotypes of community colleges have crept into the national psyche. Because they creep into community college students' psyches as well and make them feel unworthy of success before they've even begun.

Community Colleges Don't Get Nearly the Attention They Deserve. These Are Illinois' 25 Best

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.18.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Along with being a great way to kick-start a college career, a degree from a community college can still help students land a good job in the state of Illinois.

Free Tuition a Debt Solution for Higher Education? Let's Take Action From the Inside Out

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 08.04.2014 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Free tuition seems to be quite a hot topic in higher education as of late, and with good reason. With increasing tuition costs and fewer options for b...

College Enrollment: Thick Envelope v. Thick Wallet

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 08.04.2014 | College
Elisabeth Mason

It used to be the difference between a thick envelope and a thin envelope. That was how you could tell if you were college-bound. Times have changed.

Working Toward the Future

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

This year at FM's graduation, I was fortunate enough to address over 200 students who attended Commencement to celebrate their academic success. These...

I Hate to Say I Told You So: Connections Matter in Education

Isa Adney | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

I still think there is a huge piece missing from the conversation about higher education -- the importance of social connections.

Brown, Economic Inequality and the Absolute Necessity of Public Schools

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Norma Cook Everist

We see once again closing of public schools. Although the "appearance is race neutral," the reality is not, Attorney General Eric Holder has noted.

A Certain Path to Diversity (With or Without Affirmative Action)

Joshua Wyner | Posted 07.08.2014 | College
Joshua Wyner

If selective colleges train their eye on students transferring from community colleges, rather than solely on high school seniors, they're sure to build a student body that's both racially and socioeconomically diverse.

A Two-Year Career Path

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Community colleges are uniquely suited to working with local businesses and other enterprises to determine precisely what training and skills are needed in a local area.

Why Hawai'i's Community Colleges Aren't Broken at All

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 06.23.2014 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

Our students have children they are raising, and some have grandchildren for whom they are primary caregivers. They work three jobs to keep a roof over their family's heads. I have students giving birth, enduring chemotherapy, or caring for parents.

Exporting Community Colleges: A Pathway To Economic And Social Mobility For Emerging Markets

Dr. Rich Haney | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Dr. Rich Haney

Community colleges could serve as an important model in building the educational infrastructure to support these emerging economies. Community colleges serve as a gateway to economic and social prosperity and provide a return on investment for both the students and the communities in which they live.

Investing in Skills to Build a Secure Middle Class

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Thomas E. Perez

The good news is that we have an invaluable resource that can help deliver the world-class job training that prepares workers for the jobs that need to be filled: our community college system.

College for the Rich

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Carlos, along with millions of others, is realizing that because of our unwillingness to fund public higher education, the promise of college is a lie.

Are We Letting Community College Transfer Students Down?

William G. Tierney | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
William G. Tierney

The transfer entitlement grant could be the difference between transfer students taking out a loan they will have to pay back or graduating debt free. More importantly, the grant could be just the incentive a student needs to make the decision to transfer to a university.

Community Colleges: Four-Year Degrees in Illinois and Beyond

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Timing is everything and it is now time to bring to the forefront again the issue of community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees. Twenty-two sta...

O'Reilly and Ryan and 'Inner-City' Exceptionalism

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Ryan and Reilly can cry crocodile tears as they pretend to be having an "adult conversation" about "what's really going on," but the truth is nothing pleases them more than the continuation of the status quo.

Owning the Achievement Gap in Higher Education

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

At my community college in suburban Maryland, much of our conversation lately revolves around what students need -- what they need to access college a...

The Negative Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 05.05.2014 | College
Tom Snyder

While I believe fervently that all Americans should have access to affordable health care, as president of Ivy Tech Community College I have severe reservations with the Affordable Care Act's definition of full time employment.

Private Colleges Face Enrollment Challenges

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 04.26.2014 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the falling enrollment at small private colleges and the national trends contributing to it. Most telling...

Community College Pays Off Too

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.20.2014 | College

For every dollar a student spends on community college, they can expect a cumulative $4.80 back in higher future wages, according to a recent report. ...