With foundation help, community colleges are helping fund and mentor local entrepreneurs in exchange for student internships.
Community colleges are attracting more “traditional-age” students. And, thanks to dual enrollment of high school students, more community college students are under the age of 18.
Most new students place into remedial math at California community colleges. Eighty percent will never pass a college-level math course. Some colleges have boosted success rates by teaching statistics and quantitative reasoning, rather than algebra, to non-STEM students.
Florida colleges will let students opt for college-level courses, even if they’ve done poorly on a placement exam. Instead of letting students ignore the placement results, let them try the test again, a graduate student suggests.
A community college honor society is trying to build a “culture of completion” on campuses where graduation rates are low.
An online tool helps students track their progress toward their goals at a California college with limited counseling staff.
Community colleges are finding ways to engage students and raise their odds of success, a new study finds. One college warns students they must show up for class or be kicked out.
In Tennessee, volunteer “success coaches” help first-generation students fill out college forms, apply for financial aid and navigate the system.
“Higher education is divided into high-poverty and low-poverty colleges,” an analysis finds. Low-income students are concentrated in community colleges and for-profit four-year colleges. Graduation rates are low.
If colleges and universities are judged by former students’ earnings, community colleges will look bad, a dean writes. When community college students go on to a bachelor’s degree, the two-year school gets no credit for their success.
Negotiators are trying to reach consensus on “gainful employment” regulations. The federal rules will deny student aid to job training programs whose graduates don’t earn enough to pay back their loans.
Washington Monthly‘s 2013 college rankings include the best community colleges as judged by a student engagement survey and completion rates. In addition, the Monthly analyzes why some of the worst community colleges are in the otherwise thriving San Francisco Bay Area.