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Politics and Policy
2015 January 19 - 12:00 am

President Barack Obama wants to make a community college education free for all Americans

Appearing at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., the president said his plan would be modeled after the Tennessee Promise, a new program under which recent high school graduates get two years of community college tuition covered by the state, and a similar initiative in Chicago, which pays tuition for high-achieving students.
Teacher Education
2015 January 19 - 12:00 am

Virginia Colleges Help Career Switchers Transition Into Teaching Careers

The economic downturn led to teacher layoffs all over the country. Tenure is under attack. Pay is notoriously poor. Growing demands for accountability, coupled with new and emerging academic standards, are robbing many teachers of autonomy in their own classrooms.
Legal Matters
2015 January 17 - 12:00 am

City College of San Francisco Could Retain its Accreditation After Judge's Ruling

A judge issued a tentative ruling Friday that would roll back an accrediting commission’s 2013 decision to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco. San Francisco Supe
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2015 January 6 - 12:00 am

Accelerating Opportunity Initiative Boosted by Change in Pell Rules

On page 926 of the omnibus spending bill Obama signed into law last year is a provision little-noticed by major media outlets but critically important to community colleges and their students.
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2014 December 22 - 12:00 am

2014: Year in Review

Massive open online courses -- MOOCs -- had dominated higher education headlines. The distance learning initiative was being hailed as something that would shake higher education to its very core, doing nothing less than democratizing American higher education.
Cover Story
2014 December 19 - 12:00 am

Enrollment on the Way Up After Recession-Fueled Decline

After years of declining enrollment due to budget cuts fueled by the Great Recession, enrollment at California community colleges is rebounding in a big way — thanks in no small part to Proposition 30, the voter-approved initiative that.
House Ads
2014 November 23 - 12:00 am

Community College Week’s Year in Review edition examines the events and trends that marked 2014 and lists the year’s top stories

2014: Year in Review Special ReportFor community colleges and higher education, 2014 was a year like no other. From gainful employment to the president’s proposed new ratings sys
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2014 November 10 - 12:00 am

How Community Colleges are Integrating the Humanities into STEM Instruction

 There is little doubt the importance of STEM education today.  From the K-12 system and post-secondary institutions to business, industry and government, most everyone is focused on, or
Cover Story
2014 October 28 - 12:00 am

Free Community College Advances in Tennessee as Applications Grow

His mission: to meet personally with presidents of two-year colleges as the state began a drive to recruit and enroll students in the Tennessee Promise program, which, starting next year, will offer students free tuition at the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.
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2014 October 13 - 12:00 am

Questions Persist About Proposed College Rating System

With the first draft of President Obama’s proposed college ratings system soon due for release, community college leaders are asking sharp questions, questioning whether it will serve its intended purpose or merely give Washington bureaucrats a new layer of political cover.
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2014 October 13 - 12:00 am

Recruiters Have Been Fanning out Across the state to Tell Students About The Tennessee Promise

 All across Tennessee, from Nashville to Memphis, from Knoxville tom Chattanooga, community colleges are preparing to welcome the High School Class of 2015 – the first class to qualify for fr
Around the Nation
2014 October 13 - 12:00 am

Rate Exceeds National Average, but Caution Urged in Interpreting New Data

The three-year cohort default rate for community colleges was 20.6 percent for students who entered repayment in 2011, down from the 20.9 rate from a year before. By comparison, the overall default rate was 13.7 percent, down one percentage point from the year before.
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2014 September 30 - 12:00 am

Community college leaders continue to raise concerns about President Obama’s proposed college ratings system

With the first draft of President Obama’s proposed college ratings system due to be released within weeks, community college leaders continue to raise concerns about the plan. It’s intended to slow the rapid rise in college costs by rating colleges on things such as tuition, graduation rates, debt and earnings of graduates, and the percentage of lower-income students who attend.
Cover Story
2014 August 20 - 12:00 am

Amid Heightened Scrutiny, For-Profit Conferrals Sag

Colorado Technical University, an online college which enrolls more than 20,000 students, awarded 2,288 degrees in 2012-13, a 50 percent reduction from the year before. Conferrals at ECPI University dipped 34 percent between 2011-12 and 2012-13. 
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2014 August 4 - 12:00 am

Rules Loom, Report Guides Colleges on Reducing Loan Defaults

Some observers contend rising default rates are inevitable. With increases in college costs far outpacing family incomes or grant aid, more students are using federal loans to cover college costs.
Editor's Notes
2014 July 23 - 12:00 am

New Site Has Cleaner Look, Offers Plethora of Information and Data

We think it represents a substantial upgrade over our previous site. It has a cleaner look and is easier to navigate and find the stories that are important to our readers. It offers our readers a vast quantity of current and archival information about community colleges.
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2014 July 22 - 12:00 am
From an initial facility housed in a former tire factory 46 years ago, Hostos has become a prominent institution of higher learning, serving 7,000 students and more than 13,000 continuing education students. Among other things, the college has established a host of support programs to help its large number of immigrant and minority students. We take a look at some of the Aspen finalists, including Chicago’s Kennedy-King College and Brazosport College in Texas, which just three years ago was on a list of colleges that state lawmakers wanted to close.
Cover Story
2014 July 15 - 12:00 am
The unceasing march of suburbia has given shoppers many more options. The expansion of technology and the rise on online retailers like Amazon have changed people’s shopping habits. Many malls that popped up like mushrooms in the 1970s are closed or struggling to survive, just like Highland Mall.

Advocates Say Full Academic Load Is Key to On-Time Graduation

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