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2017 June 13 - 03:08 pm

Ceremonies Are Rich in Diversity and Inspiration

These are just three of the stories of community college commencements in 2017. Plenty of words have been written about poor graduation rates at community colleges. The demand for better results continues unabated. But this year, like every year, thousands of community college students graduated.
2017 May 26 - 03:31 pm

Online Offerings Are Maturing Even as Community College Enrollment Dips

Between 2012 and 2015, according to the report, full-time enrollment at two-year public institutions dipped by 9.5 percent, or nearly 690,000 students. As the economy has improved, community college enrollment has plunged, a trend has triggered budget cuts, reduced course offerings and resulted in layoffs at community colleges across the country.
2017 May 11 - 04:57 pm

Erie Hopes Third Time Is Charm for Creating a Community College

Then the director of the local chapter of the NAACP and a longtime community activist, Horton ran for the council seat held by Joe Giles, a fellow Democrat and a 32-year incumbent who had voted against the community college proposal. Horton made setting up a community college in the city the centerpiece of his campaign.
2017 April 24 - 03:26 pm

Reno Remaking Economy with Help from Carmaker and College

The selection, in 2014, capped an intense, high-stakes public competition. California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, all dangled hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives. In addition to providing the land for free — it was donated by a local landowner — Nevada crafted a $1.3 billion incentive package.
2017 April 15 - 04:34 pm

Many MLB Stars Launched Careers at Community College

On June 12, when the Minnesota Twins makes the first pick in Major League Baseball’s draft, whoever is selected first will likely be unknown even to ardent fans. He’ll likely be sent to the minor leagues where he could labor for years before making it to the big leagues.
2017 April 5 - 10:07 am

Community College Culinary Programs Rise As Cooking School Enrollment Sags

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — With enrollment in culinary institutes in decline and programs across the country closing their doors, schools such as the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, which graduated celebrity chef Alton Brown, and the Culinary Institute of Charleston, South Carolina, are committed to staying relevant and in demand.
2017 March 14 - 04:15 pm

Lake Area Technical Institute Named Nation’s Top College

After nearly capturing the nation’s top prize for community colleges three consecutive times, Lake Area Technical Institute finally claimed it, winning the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College
2017 March 13 - 02:27 pm

Community College Takes Unusual Approach To Solving Ubiquitous Problem

Remedial education has been the proverbial thorn in the side of higher education for decades. Students are placed in remedial math and English courses when they are deemed unprepared for college level work, and traditionally must pass them before enrolling in classes that count toward a degree.
2017 February 20 - 02:45 pm

RI, NY Join Roster of States Pushing Tuition-Free College

In Rhode Island, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is pushing to make Rhode Island the first state to guarantee free access for every student who wants to go to college. The idea of expanding free public education beyond high school catapulted into the national discourse during Vermont Sen.
2017 January 24 - 03:28 pm

Election Stunner Aside, Familiar Issues Bedeviled Colleges in 2016

Donald J. Trump barely mentioned higher education on the campaign trail, once talking about the student debt crisis before moving on to calling for opponent Hillary Clinton to be jailed. Clinton, for her part, forwarded detailed proposals and position papers on student debt and college costs.
2017 January 5 - 03:52 pm

Colleges Grapple with Rising Food and Housing Insecurity

For many community college students, the barriers to academic success have little to do with mastering algebra or writing that paper for English class. Sometimes, the hurdles are much more basic: Do they have enough money to buy both books, pay tuition and put food on the table? Where will they sleep tonight?.
2016 November 24 - 06:14 am

Leaders Fret Over Trump’s Uncertain Education Agenda

President Obama placed the two-year sector at the center of the recovery from the Great Recession and students flooded community college campuses. Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife and a longtime community college professor, provided an unprecedented and ongoing shot of credibility.
2016 November 3 - 05:14 pm

Colleges Focusing On Producing More STEM Grads

it comes to building local workforces with skills in the STEM fields, it pays to start early. So colleges such as San Jacinto College, located in suburban Houston, Texas, have forged partnerships with school districts to bring high school students to campus and send college students into local elementary schools.
2016 October 24 - 05:04 pm

Clinton, Trump Diverge on Higher Education Policy

Trump, the political newcomer, devoted just a single sentence to education, saying, “We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice.” He said nothing about the issues dominating the higher education landscape: soaring student debt, rising tuition, free community college.
2016 October 24 - 05:04 pm

Differences on Higher Education Policy Are Pronounced

Students will have to work 10 hours a week to help defray the cost of college attendance. Has called for two years of community college to be tuition-free for students who keep their grades up. Wants to hold colleges accountable for reining in costs and doing more to help students, including disadvantaged students, graduate on time.
2016 September 20 - 06:54 am

Short-Term Certificate Conferrals Accelerate

two years of slight declines, the number of associate degrees conferred by U.S. postsecondary institutions increased slightly in 2014-15, although not quite reaching the historic high of 2012.
2016 September 20 - 06:26 am

Obama Focused on Community Colleges, but Will His Successor?

As the presidential campaign hurtles forward, a look at developments in federal higher education policy over recent years gives some concept of what the next president will confront in fashioning an agenda for community colleges. As explored below, Washington policy making impacting community colleges has been well-nigh relentless.
2016 September 20 - 06:26 am

Top 100 Lists Show Gains in Texas Despite Overall Slowdown

The decade-and-a-half-old effort is bearing fruit. In 2015, state colleges and universities awarded 258,795 bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificates, exceeding the state’s 2000 goal by more than 143,000, according to the panel’s final report, which was issued earlier this summer.

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