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2015 February 16 - 02:25 pm

The negative impact of curmudgeons on colleagues and colleges

Curmudgeons are well represented in every kind of American institution—religious organizations, government, corporations, foundations, hospitals, unions, etc. They are particularly visible in the world of education, which may provide a fertile crucible for the production of curmudgeons.
2015 February 4 - 05:33 am

President Obama Once Again Brought Increased Attention to Community Colleges

On a very cold and blustery January evening in 2004, I met Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, at the corner of Jackson and Franklin in Chicago’s Loop. I escorted him into the district offices of the City Colleges of Chicago, where I was a professor, and up to a 14th floor conference room.
2015 February 4 - 05:33 am

President Obama's Proposal Would Allow Qualified Students to Attend Community Colleges Tuition Free for Two Years

During his State of the Union address, President Obama again mentioned “America’s College Promise,” his proposal that would allow qualified students to attend community colleges tuition free for two years and then transfer to four-year schools in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.
2015 January 19 - 07:28 pm

More Than Two Million Community College Students have Expressed Their Hopes for a Better Life Through Education

“The reason I’m coming back to school is that I’m tired of being poor. I want to make my parents proud. I’m getting older and I want my life to change. I’m determined, no matter what. I’d like a certificate or a piece of paper that I can show someone and get a decent job.

2014 December 19 - 05:31 am

Dig Deep Into Data To Build Effective Strategic Plans

Analytics is a trendy buzzword in higher education, evoking images of exotic data gathered from multiple sources as if by magic to describe scenarios that were previously unimagined.
2014 October 28 - 05:15 am

Resilience — the Intangible but Powerful Quality that Enables Some Individuals to Persevere in the Face of Obstacles

This year, when speaking to Montgomery County Community College’s faculty and staff during convocation, I chose to focus on resilience — the intangible but powerful quality that enables some individuals to persevere in the face of obstacles while others are defeated.
2014 October 13 - 08:31 pm

Tarrant County College District will celebrate its 50th anniversary

On July 31, 2015, Tarrant County College District will celebrate its 50th anniversary. On that day 50 years ago, residents went to the polls and voted to create the Tarrant County Junior College District (TCJCD) in Tarrant County, a seven member Board of Trustees and approve an $18.
2014 September 30 - 06:34 am

The nation needs more highly trained workers if we are to remain globally competitive

It is understandable that we want higher education to be relevant and useful. The nation needs more highly trained workers if we are to remain globally competitive. The American economy needs more nurses, engineers and welders. Taxpayers want to know that their trillion-dollar investment in federally funded student loans is a sound one.
2014 July 15 - 11:24 am
Let me confess: I teach at a community college and love it. After 21 years in higher education working as director of admissions, registrar and dean of academics, I took advantage of retreat rights and slid into a full-time teaching position in 2001. I started teaching my first classes one week before 9/11.
2014 June 7 - 09:10 pm
The changes in the nature and number of students attending today’s colleges and universities and the simultaneously occurring focus on assessment and student completion is causing many faculty members to reexamine what they teach, how they teach, what they assign, and how they grade student performance.
2014 April 14 - 12:00 am
In The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T. S. Eliot’s main character asks, “Do I dare to disturb the universe?” His question has echoed throughout the world; however, it is rarely answered in the affirmative by people we wish had courage and gumption — politicians, bureaucrats, religious leaders and sadly, educators.
2014 March 3 - 12:00 am
It is the first time in our nation’s history that institutions other than land-grant colleges have been mentioned by name in a Farm Bill. Our meetings with high level federal officials and their staffs confirmed the diligent work done by the Rural Community College Alliance to raise awareness as to the importance of our nation’s 600 rural community, technical, and tribal colleges as tools for regional rural development and uplift.

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