Women leave workforce for college

While men tend to take whatever work they can find, more women are choosing college over a bad job. Will the ex-Starbucks barista be able to pay back $200,000 in student loans with a masters in strategic communications?

California’s Dream Act promises undocumented students college aid but no path to citizenship.

Graduation + transfer = new success rate

Community college success rates will rise, under a new definition that includes transfer students who go on to a four-year institution before earning an associate degree.

Nearly 80 percent of male black and Latino college students in California enroll in community college. Six years later, 80 percent have failed to complete a certificate or degree or transfer to a university. Women do somewhat better.

Pew: Women value college more than men

College-educated women value higher education, while men have doubts according to a Pew Research Center survey.

In 2010, 36 percent of women ages 25-29 had earned a bachelor’s degree, compared to only 28 percent of their male counterparts. The education gap keeps growing.

Also on Community College Spotlight: High-achieving, low-income students  are likely to attend community colleges or unselective four-year universities. While low-income students are taking harder classes and earning higher test scores, affluent students have improved their academic preparation even more.

How much debt for a degree?

Education Sector’s debt-to-degree ratio finds “the national enterprise of producing college degrees is increasingly being floated on a sea of debt.”

Also on Community College SpotlightWhere the boys are, but the men aren’t.

Women top men in bachelor’s degrees

Twenty-three percent of women, but only 14 percent of men, complete a bachelor’s degree by age 23, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that uses the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

“We’ve seen this great transformation in the workforce away from manufacturing toward more of a service economy,” (BLS economist Jay) Meisenheimer said. “Now that there are more opportunities for women to work, we’re seeing a growing number completing high school and college and going on to graduate and professional programs.”

At the age of 22, 10 percent of respondents had completed a bachelor’s degree  and another 27 percent were enrolled in college.