Dan Kinney is president of Iowa Western Community College. Dan Kinney is president of Iowa Central Community College. You read that right; Iowa Western’s Kinney is the father of Iowa Central’s Kinney. They appear to be the only father/son combination leading community colleges in the country.
More than a million community college students in 31 states — about 9 percent of total enrollment — are being denied the most affordable way to borrow for college because their schools have opted out of the federal student loan program.
Inside the cavernous Sapphire Ballroom at the Hilton Bayside San Diego, better than 1,500 people filed toward their seats to the strains of “It Never Rains in Southern California,” the 1972 hit song about dislocation and disillusionment.
It was back in 2008 that Congress approved gradually changing the rules for measuring default rates on federal student loans, insisting that they be tracked over three years starting in 2014 instead of the current two.
Forty community colleges have been selected to pilot the new Voluntary Framework of Accountability, an ambitious effort designed to better define what success means for two-year institutions nationwide.
A recent report highlights key findings from the 2010 cohort of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), the 2010 Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE) and the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE).