‘Free’ college won’t help needy students

“Free community college” programs won’t help low-income students because they already pay little or no tuition. Nearly all benefits of the Tennessee Promise and Chicago’s new scholarships will go to middle-class students who aren’t eligible for Pell Grants and other aid.

Hire guards, not victims’ ‘advocates’

To protect students from sexual assault, California community colleges should hire counselors to help victims, says Chancellor Brice W. Harris. California Sen. Barbara Boxer has asked the state’s college and university leaders to “voluntarily implement” her proposed S.O.S. Campus Act

Community colleges don’t have dorms or frat parties, but do have night classes, responds Matt Welch. To prevent assaults, they need better lighting and more security guards.

California OKs 4-year degrees at 2-year colleges

Fifteen California community colleges will be allowed to offer bachelor’s degrees in vocational fields. That makes California the 22nd state to let students earn four-year vocational degrees at two-year colleges.

Skilled trades don’t appeal to students

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is trying to persuade students to train for welding, carpentry, machining and other skilled-trades jobs, but job training programs are having trouble recruiting students. Many don’t believe a community college credential will lead to a good job.

Houston business leaders also are having trouble persuading young people to train for blue-collar jobs that are seen as “dirty jobs.”

Structure leads to success

Community colleges are improving pass rates and persistence by integrating “high-impact practices” into structured academic and career pathways reports the Center for Community College Student Engagement. Announcing a class attendance policy, banning late registration and requiring a “student success course” may have big payoffs.

California: CCs plan huge growth

California community colleges have set ambitious goals for improving completion rates and increasing the number of certificates, degrees and transfers.

California OKs 4-year degrees at 2-year colleges

As early as next year, some California community colleges  will start offering four-year degrees in technical and vocational fields, if the governor signs a bill that cleared the state Legislature Thursday.

Some employers now demand four-year degrees even in fields such as dental hygiene and auto mechanics, said the state’s community college chancellor.

CC, for-profit grads compete equally for jobs

Job seekers are as attractive to employers with a for-profit certificate or degree as with a community college credential, concludes a new study, which sent fictitious resumes to employers. Community colleges charge a lot less, the researchers pointed out.

Applicants with “some college” did little better than those with just a high school diploma.

Default penalties worry community colleges

Community colleges could be penalized for high default rates on student loans — even if few students are borrowing. Colleges could lose eligibility for all federal student aid programs if the default rate exceeds 30 percent for three consecutive years.

Ivies get the ink

The New York Times wrote more about Harvard last year than about all community colleges combined.