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Clarity About Disparity in Education

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 11.14.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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.

Developing Leadership

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

What is leadership? Often, people believe that someone is a "born leader" or that leadership is some personality trait that is part of one's very being.

On My Candidacy

Lt. Dan Choi | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Lt. Dan Choi

I'm still on the frontline: this time for my school. After a long battle to end the oppressive "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military, I wanted to restart my life.

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

Isa Adney | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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 12.13.2014 | 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 11.30.2014 | 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 11.30.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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.