Vets choose for-profits over public options

Thirty-one percent of military veterans enrolled in for-profit colleges in 2012, up from 23 percent three years earlier. Only 50 percent chose public colleges, down from 62 percent.

Critics blame aggressive marketing, but vets could be choosing more focused job-training programs.

Veterans fight for in-state tuition

Veterans are having trouble using the GI Bill to pay the full cost at state colleges and universities. New rules say vets can collect up to $17,500 a year at private colleges but only the cost of in-state tuition at public institutions.  With frequent moves required by military service, some vets can’t qualify as in-state students.

Veterans go to college, but do they graduate?

Nearly a million veterans have enrolled in college using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but nobody knows how many graduate and find jobs. 

Thanks to generous federal aid and the recession, more older students are enrolling in Florida community colleges, but
many require remedial classes.Eighty percent of students 20 and older and 90 percent of those 35 an older require remedial math. Dropout rates are high.

Community colleges are batting .300

Community colleges graduate or transfer about 30 percent of students. Batting .300 is fine in baseball. Can community colleges do better?

Colleges are adding veterans’ programs — except for community colleges, which attract the most GI Bill users.

Colleges compete for vets — and benefits

Uncle Sam wants veterans to sign up for college! And colleges and universities are trying to create “veterans-friendly” programs to attract ex-GIs — and billions of dollars in post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

Obama’s college confusion

President Obama is confused about his college goals, writes Rick Hess. If he wants more Americans to get postsecondary education, he shouldn’t be attacking for-profit colleges, “the only institutions eager to help fulfill his grand ambitions.”

Also on Community College Spotlight: Military veterans are using the expanded GI Bill to go to college, but need help navigating college campuses.

Public faults college students for low grad rates

Low graduation rates are the fault of college students, and maybe their parents, but not their colleges, according to an AP-Stanford poll. Advocates of the college-completion agenda aren’t happy about the results.

For-profit colleges are cashing in on veterans’ and active-duty military personnel’s education benefits, charges Sen. Tom Harkin. But are vets foolish to choose for-profit career colleges over community colleges?

Vets use new GI Bill for job skills

On Community College Spotlight:  Most veterans using the new GI Bill choose for-profit and community colleges, apparently seeking job training rather than bachelor’s degrees. Online learning is popular too. Senate Democrats aren’t happy that so many are opting for higher-cost for-profit college programs.