Community Colleges

When Employed Students Stumble

Community college students who hold jobs are less likely to finish school. What are institutions doing to increase degree completion?

Working one’s way through college is the norm for community college students: 85 percent work part- or full-time. With an average tuition bill of $2,713 a year, only 13 percent turn to student loans.

But long work hours have a high cost, concludes a 2011 report by the College Board’s Advocacy & Policy Center. Only 21 percent of first-time, full-time community college students complete a degree or certificate in three years. The six-year completion or transfer rate is 31 percent. Part-timers, who make up 59 percent of enrollment, do even worse.

Point of Pride

As we get ready to start the third year of our Models of Efficiency program, I want to take a moment to point with pride to the program’s success. Models of Efficiency is a national recognition program for those campus departments that have found ways to streamline operations, save money, and improve constituent satisfaction. That was the challenge we set forth when Models of Efficiency was first announced, and those solutions are just as important, if not more so, today.

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Community Colleges Dispute Call For Overhaul

Presidents deny need for governing board

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Community Colleges Faulted On Health Studies

Flaws make career training difficult, report says

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L.A. Community College District To Fire A Third Contractor

Los Angeles Community College District is cracking down after a Los Angeles Times series found millions of dollars in waste and abuse in the district's $5.7-billion, bond-financed construction program.

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After 20 Years in Partnership, an Educational Combo Is Getting a Messy Divorce

This weekend, along the border’s southern tip, homecoming at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College will be bittersweet for many. It will be one of the last, at least for the unique partnership between a community college and an upper-division university that operated as one institution for 20 years.

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Delgado's Enrollment Going Up While Budget Is Going Down

Whoever succeeds Ron Wright as chancellor of Delgado Community College will assume command of a school where enrollment is booming while the budget is shrinking. Delgado, the biggest local institution of higher education, enrolled 20,452 students at its nine sites this semester, a 55 percent jump compared with the total five years ago. Meanwhile, the state's per-student allotment for full-time Delgado students dropped by about 43 percent during the same period.

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Motlow State Comm. College, Middle Tennessee State U Reach Dual-Admission Agreement

Middle Tennessee State University and Motlow State Community College have announced a dual-admission program that will help students earning a two-year associate's degree to apply those credits toward a bachelor's degree.

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Delgado's Leader Gets Job With Statewide Community-College System

Ron Wright, who had been Delgado Community College's chancellor before going on medical leave earlier this year, has been tapped to lead the development of Centers of Excellence throughout the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Wright, 64, whose appointment was effective Tuesday, had been Delgado's leader since July 2008.

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