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Nick Mance is president of Southwestern Illinois College, Community College District #522.

Nick Mance resigned recently as chair of the board of trustees at Southwestern Illinois College, Community College District #522, and has become president of the college.

DISCUSSING COLLEGE COSTS—Moderated by FutureEd Director Thomas Toch (left), the panel discussion included Martha Kanter of the College Promise Campaign; Harry Holzer, former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor under President Clinton; Tiffany Jones from Education Trust; and Jen Mishory, author of a book about college promise programs.

Eighteen states and dozens of local jurisdictions and institutions have established “promise programs” to make college free. A panel of educators and economists addressed program success at a recent FutureEd event.

Washington State University’s step-by-step process for marijuana violations:

1. Attend cannabis workshop.


Link to main story: College campuses cope with increased marijuana legalization


2. Complete marijuana eCheckup To Go online assessment. Once finished, results direct students to either:

- Attend a second, more intensive cannabis workshop OR

Marijuana remains the most popular drug among college students, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (gettyimages.com: Sara ruiz)

Higher ed institutions face challenges in nine states that allow marijuana's recreational use, in 30 states that permit its medical use, or in other states where the drug remains illegal.

Creating an online community that mirrors a school’s physical campus is another way to retain online students.

This can be achieved by digitizing freshman orientation, mental health counseling, and career and résumé services.


Link to main story: College students learning online, but stepping on campus

Many online students still have on-campus business, such as meeting with instructors and making payments, according to “Online College Students: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” The Learning House Inc. (UBmag.me/demands).

Like their peers on campus, students enrolled in online programs benefit when they feel included in a community. Colleges cater to this population by offering in-person special events and extended office hours.

The public’s call for more transparency in all segments of higher education administration has brought particular scrutiny to the admissions process. The fairness of race is again under question.

What is the biggest challenge administrators have fostering trusting relationships between students and faculty? What’s the most innovative way you’ve seen a college tackle this challenge?

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The mantra of “if you build it, they will come” has a bit of truth when recruiting international students to community colleges.

“The most fundamental thing that we do is make sure we’re providing quality programs, because the best way to attract new students is through word of mouth,” says Denise Kinsella, interim dean of the International Education Center at Santa Monica College in California.

Before an international student can receive an F-1 visa to study in the United States, the student must apply to the U.S. consulate in their home country with an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility.

It is the higher education institution’s responsibility to ensure that accepted international students have all of the necessary admission requirements prior to the designated school official issuing the I-20 certificate.

Each country has different lengths of time in which students wait for a visa to come to the United States.

What do you see as the biggest barrier to community colleges enrolling more international students?

“Community colleges need to focus not just on recruiting international students but retaining the ones already enrolled. Understanding who these students are and proactively engaging with them creates a stronger reputation and will ultimately attract more international students to that community college.”

—Peter Bruynzeel, vice president, Millennium Software Solutions

Here are nine places to foster ties among faculty and students.

Here are five actions two-year institutions can take to recruit international students.

Scott H. Christensen is a litigation partner and co-chair of the not-for-profit practice group at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

The convergence of a few uncomfortable facts and recent developments serve as reminders to protect children and adolescents on campus or in school-sponsored programs.

Marc C. Whitt is director of philanthropy communications at University of Kentucky Philanthropy. Follow him on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/marcwhitt) or Twitter (@marcwhitt). 

The marketing strategy “one size fits most” no longer works for higher ed philanthropy thanks to the seismic sociological changes that a multigenerational America is now experiencing.

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