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The Number One Question We Should Be Asking Low-Income Students

Isa Adney | Posted 10.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"

Top 7 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Start a Business at a Community College

Joe Kapp | Posted 10.15.2014 | Small Business
Joe Kapp

Community colleges, unlike traditional four-year institutions, have a long history of collaborating with businesses and workforce development in local communities. As a result, most community colleges already have significant experience working with businesses and can really help accelerate a new business' growth.

'We Have Allowed Community Colleges To Become Separate And Unequal'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.06.2014 | College

Vladimir de Jesus is an art major at LaGuardia Community College in New York City. After six years in school, he still doesn't yet have an associate's...

California's Comeback Kid Tries to Kick Start Innovation in Higher Ed

Eloy Ortiz Oakley | Posted 10.01.2014 | College
Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Governor Jerry Brown has earned the moniker of California's Comeback Kid. Reinventing himself several times during his political career, he continues to gain distance from being the "Moonbeam" governor to becoming California's version of "Father Knows Best."

Ferguson, Social Justice, and the Role of Community Colleges

David J. Smith | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
David J. Smith

ll recognized that Brown's death, though significant, exposed deep-seated problems. To many I met, using education as a means of advancing racial equality, peaceful responses to conflict, and overall social justice had now become critical priorities.

Transferring From Community College to Top University Can Be Done: Advice From an Adult Learner

Robert Shields | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Robert Shields

Contentedness is simpler -- more comfortable, and often appears in the guise of safety. However it will almost always hinder progress, making it impossible to move forward.

Be a Savvy Scholar When It Comes to Choosing an Online or Community College Education

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Felix W. Ortiz III

Fall ceremoniously signals the traditional back-to-school season and with that a myriad of questions and concerns from those seeking to enroll in onli...

Top 5 Things on Students' Back-to-School List

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Elisabeth Mason

We are in the midst of a massive movement for school reform. That is all well and good, but we must take care not to draw artificial boundaries between school and home. Problems at home don't just disappear at the school's doorstep, and vice versa.

Drawbacks of "15 to Finish"

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.05.2014 | College
Tom Snyder

A recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, funded by The Lumina Foundation, reveals that over the past two decades, more than have enrolled in college without obtaining a degree or certificate.

Opening the Doors of Elite College: What It'll Take

Lillian Zepeda | Posted 09.04.2014 | College
Lillian Zepeda

When I transferred to NYU, my dream college, the experience was starkly different. Catering to traditional students -- younger than I was, financially dependent upon parents and without children -- NYU fell short in addressing my needs.

Free College Tuition - The Right Way to Pay?

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

The conversation about free college tuition is growing louder and larger as educators and lawmakers try to find a way to produce an educated workforce without sending students into mountains of debt.

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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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.