But for the vast majority of students, this dream remains only a dream. Just 14 percent of students who start their higher education careers at a community college transfer to a four-year university and earn a bachelor’s degree within six years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
often makes it difficult to take the time to step back and take stock of what’s at hand and what’s to come. Indeed, the rhythms that used to define college life no longer really apply in our worlds, particularly as we move to monthly course starts and new and novel delivery and learning models.
Earlier this month, Steve Wilson, a biomedical engineering professor at Spokane Community College, began a journey that would take him from eastern Washington to Kabul, Afghanistan, a teeming city of more than 3 million people more than 6,500 miles away.
college graduated a valedictorian who arrived in the country just six years ago. Another awarded three degrees to an 11-year-old boy. Then there was 64-year-old Bob Walters, a retired nurse who earned his 10th credential from Northampton Community College.
Through good times and bad, during recessions and boom times, one thing has been constant in the world of community college distance education over the past decade: enrollment in online courses has grown faster than overall enrollment at colleges and universities.
Surely this would be the last time, the thinking then went, that NISOD would hold its annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, which for three decades had celebrated community college teaching with a gathering in Austin, Texas.
At least part of the reason that Sunshine State colleges have dominated the Aspen competition is that Florida was an early adopter of the so-called pathways approach to promoting student success. In Florida, two-year and four-year universities share.
Community College Week and NISOD have named the three winners of the annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest.Held each year, the competition honors the memory of Scott Wright, past editor of Community College Week and winner of the 1998 Award for Excellence in Higher Education Journalism. His reporting focused national attention on developmental education and the unique open access mission of community colleges. Wright died in 2003.