Stackable credential pathways can lead to short-term certificates of questionable value

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Stackable credential pathways have plenty of promise, but a new study fuels worries about poorly designed programs shunting underrepresented student groups into short-term programs of questionable value.

Students who earn C's in gateway courses are less likely to graduate, new data show

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Data show that students who earn C's in foundational courses are much less likely to graduate. As a result, U of Arizona may require some C students to repeat a course.

Papers call for more targeted use of state funding for public colleges

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State dollars for public higher education would go farther, prominent researchers argue, if more of it went to open-access colleges and need-based aid.

Community college pilots course sections for African-American students

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Moraine Valley Community College limits enrollment in some sections of college success course to African-American students -- and raises eyebrows.

Free-college campaigns attempt to remain above politics

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Advocates of free community college initiatives want to remain nonpartisan, and sometimes that means altering the rhetoric.

Colleges rethink criminal justice training in rise of Black Lives Matter

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Shootings and debate over police tactics prompt changes in programs that train law enforcement officials.

Kentucky will delay free community college scholarship

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A planned scholarship to provide students in Kentucky with free tuition for the first two years is put on ice for a year by the state's governor.

White House launches $100 million program to expand free community college

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The Obama administration announces a new $100 million competitive grants program to stimulate the expansion of free community college programs and connect college graduates to in-demand jobs.

New taxes helped City College of San Francisco survive, but that revenue dries up soon

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Taxpayers in California and San Francisco helped City College sort out its accreditation crisis and loss of a third of its students. But the new money runs dry soon, and faculty plan strike next week over brewing budget fight.

Private donors and businesses are backing free community college campaigns

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Businesses, nonprofits and communities are turning to private dollars for help in establishing free community college programs.


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