Four surprising findings on debt and default among community college students

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Community college students who take out small federal loans are more likely to default, new report finds, and most defaulters earned fewer than 15 credits and never made a payment on their debt.

Study finds for-profit colleges drove spike in student loan defaults

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Analysis says default problems in higher ed are largely due to surge in borrowing in that sector, with community colleges also playing a role.

Obama unveils new push for national free community college

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The president formally unveils new advisory board to further push the efforts of America's College Promise plan that would make two years of community college free nationally.

Outsourced employee-style counseling can work for first-generation college students

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Outsourced counseling designed as an employee benefit helps low-income students succeed in college, the Dell Scholars Program finds, and colleges may be following suit.

First batch of Tennessee Promise students kick off academic year

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Tennessee is enrolling far more community college students than had been expected in program that is model for Obama proposal.

Lawmakers consider merging Wisconsin's two-year college systems

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Wisconsin legislators ponder merging state's two-year college systems. Some faculty are concerned a merger would threaten the systems' different missions and damage general education.

Adjunct faculty at Florida SouthWestern see cuts as full-time professors get increases

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Florida SouthWestern's salary decisions raise questions about equity between part-time and full-time faculty.

California's reinvestment in student aid could hint toward move for free two-year college

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California is investing money in expanding aid programs that benefit its community college students, which could be a sign that free two-year college is a possibility.

Oregon passes free community college bill as congressional Democrats introduce federal version

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Obama's plan lives on, with newly proposed federal legislation. But the real action is happening in states and cities, most notably with Oregon following Tennessee's lead with a statewide version.

Florida's remedial law leads to decreasing pass rates in math and English

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More students at Florida's two-year colleges are failing college-level courses in the aftermath of a new state law that allows them to skip remediation.


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