In 2015, many of the community college stories that dominated the headlines were the same ones that commanded attention in 2014, but with tangible signs of progress. That’s the way is usually happens in higher education. Stories unfold in a continuum rather than suddenly emerging.
And as enrollment declines, so too are graduation rates, potentially undermining the Obama administration’s top higher education goal: making the United States, by the year 2020, once again the country with the highest percentage of college graduates in the world.
When Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio opined during a GOP debate that America needed more welders and fewer philosophers, his remarks soon got torched.Fact checkers swiftly reported that Rubio was wrong to assert that welders earn more than do philosophy professors. Observers questioned his broader contention that the economic value of a vocational degree was greater than the payoff that comes with contemplating the great questions of life and love. Philosophy professors lamented that the humanities in general were under attack, not only their discipline, with some colleges shuttering their philosophy departments.
But what can’t be denied is that states and higher education systems are rushing to develop and implement reverse transfer policies as they scramble to meet their workforce needs. Research by an initiative called Credit When It’s Due (CWID) has.
2001, the National Science Foundation has administered a program designed to ease the shortage in the federal cybersecurity workforce by offering scholarships to students in return for commitments to work in the federal sector after graduation.
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated community colleges across the country as National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance or Cyber Defense. The designation is based on updated academic criteria for cybersecurity education.
Hundreds of people lined the road leading to the rural campus, where 11 days earlier it joined Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and Columbine on the grim roster of deadly school shootings. Town residents waved signs reading “UCC Strong,” a welcome sign of support from a small logging town grown weary of the glare of the national media spotlight.
The 50,000-student flagship campus of the University of Texas System recently hosted the first of two public forums to get input from advocates for gun rights and gun control as school officials study how to comply with a state law that takes effect next August.
It had survived the most serious sanction — a show cause order — from the same accrediting body that had been threatening to shut down the City College of San Francisco. Northern Marianas College, in fact, had been on one kind of accreditation sanction or another for eight straight years.
Over two-thirds of all Latino students at 2-year institutions enrolled at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), In 2012-13, 2-year HSIs (193 institutions) represented 18% of all 2-year institutions. These HSIs enrolled 69% of all Latino undergraduates who attended 2-year institutions.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, Hispanics have educational attainment levels that are far lower than those of other groups. In 2013, 22 percent of Hispanic adults had earned an associate degree or higher, compared to 46 percent of Whites, 60 percent of Asians and 31 percent of African Americans.
Democrats Prodding States To Halt Decline in College Funding
But even as two-year colleges have basked in their newfound glory, it also has been afflicted by a paradoxical trend: disinvestment, the steady decline in public funding even as demands for accountability and better results grow ever louder. Colleges have been doing more and more with less and less.
When President Obama first proposed making two years of community college free for nearly every American last January, most political pundits immediately dismissed the idea as impossible in a Congress so gridlocked by partisanship that it can’t complete simple tasks, let alone enact a sweeping initiative.
Colleges in Texas, Ohio, Georgia, Indiana Missouri and Colorado are among those redesigning math pathways, essentially rejecting the historical imperative that all college students demonstrate math proficiency by mastering, or at least passing, Algebra 2.