Community Colleges

Two-year colleges getting a falling share of spending

Community colleges have received a declining share of government spending on higher education over the last decade even as their student bodies have become poorer and more heavily African-American and Latino, according to a report to be released Thursday.

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Louisiana community college bill shaking foundations of higher ed

In the past five hard years of higher education’s declining state support, rising tuition, defecting faculty and deteriorating facilities, college leaders have stuck together and let the Board of Regents coordinate their requests for funding from the Legislature.

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Let's help rural students get in the college game, says Virgina Tech football coach

The Rural Horseshoe Initiative is being undertaken by Virginia's 14 rural community colleges. This multidisciplined initiative seeks to address the lack of overall educational attainment that handicaps our young people who reside in rural Virginia through the increased use of career coaches.

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Tennessee should study four-year options at community colleges

Should Tennessee's community colleges be able to offer four-year bachelor's degrees? Yes, says Jim Catanzaro, president of Chattanooga State Technical Community College. He has made a proposal to the state Board of Regents seeking to place five applied science degrees in the school's curriculum.

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Reject plan for two-tier community college system

Students’ access to high-demand classes should not depend on whether they can pay extra for the privilege. The legislature should reject a bill that would set up a two-tier fee system for some community college classes. State and education officials should find a better solution to the space shortage in must-have classes than letting those with more financial resources skip to the head of the line.

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Helping community colleges better prepare for crisis situations

Here’s a website with several Department of Education resources to help higher ed institutions prepare for natural disasters, guns on campus, and other emergencies.

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New report makes suggestions for rethinking Pell grants

The circumstances of 18-year-old high school graduates beginning their bachelor’s degree programs at four-year residential colleges are different from that of 30-year-old single parents seeking short-term occupational certificates to find jobs. A new report released by a panel of higher education experts recommends changes to the Pell Grant system to better serve the growing numbers of nontraditional students.

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Moody's issues Pima Community College a 'negative outlook'

A major bond rating firm has taken notice of the turmoil at the top of Pima Community College. Moody's Investor Service has affirmed the college's healthy credit rating for now, but issued a "negative outlook" for the school on Monday.

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Jackson Community College considering dropping the word 'community'

Jackson Community College (Mich.) is moving ahead with plans to drop the word “community” from its name because it now offers some four-year degrees. The college also hopes to lure more international students.

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Northampton CC remembers late former president Robert Kopecek

Community members, friends, and former co-workers of Northampton Community College's late former president, Robert Kopecek, celebrated his life today in the campus building named in his honor.

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