Campus divestment effort targets fossil fuels

Campus activists are trying to persuade college and university foundations to divest in fossil-fuel companies. The campaign’s first success is a community college foundation in California. However, fossil-fuel companies account for just 1 percent of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation’s $33 million portfolio.

A coal divestment campaign failed at Brown, reports the Daily Caller, which mocks the massive carbon footprints of the jet-setting organizers.

MOOCs are hot, but do they work?

MOOCs (massive open online courses) are red hot in higher education, but how much are MOOC students learning?

Community college students are more likely to drop out of online classes and earn lower grades, a new study finds.

Easy come, easy go

In the name of access, many community colleges set students up to fail by allowing late enrollment and letting unprepared students take college-level courses, an administrator writes.

College student files free-speech lawsuit

Modesto Junior College (MJC) student Robert Van Tuinen has filed a free-speech lawsuit against the Yosemite Community College District and MJC administrators. Van Tuinen, an Army veteran, was prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution — on Constitution Day — because the small “free speech area” was in use.

The college advantage is narrowing

College graduates’ earnings advantage is narrowing slightly, according to two new College Board reports.

Flip MOOCs to help community college students succeed, suggests Bill Gates.

Oregon eyes tuition-free community college

Community college would be tuition-free for two years for Oregon high school graduates with a C average, under a state legislator’s proposal.

Indiana hopes to raise college graduation rates by “guiding” students to choose a “pathway” to a degree. Once students commit to a major or program of study, they’d be told which courses to take to reach their goal.

‘Not Yet Sold’ on online ed

Employers and community college students are skeptical about online education, according to a Public Agenda survey. Students say online courses require self-discipline and often are harder to pass.

College: Free speech requires a permit

Modesto Junior College (California) stopped students from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day, Sept. 13, because they hadn’t obtained a permit five days in advance and weren’t in the “free speech zone.”

CC success includes graduates — and transfers

Only 18 percent of degree-seeking community college students will complete a two-year degree in three years, according to federal data. Including transfers who go on to earn a bachelor’s degree raises the community college success rate to nearly 40 percent.

72% of credentialed transfers earn 4-year degree

More than 61 percent of community college transfers earn a bachelor’s degree in six years.  Completion rates are much higher — 72 percent — for transfers who’ve earned a two-year degree in community college.

City Colleges of Chicago’s reinvention campaign has raised the graduation rate — from 7 percent to 12 percent. The five-year goal is 20 percent.