Dramatic differences in how states fund community colleges

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New report notes wide variation in the way states support community colleges, even if none of them are providing enough money.

3 Community Colleges to Be Merged in Alabama

The Alabama Community College System's Board of Trustees has endorsed a plan to consolidate three two-year institutions in the southern part of the state, reported. The merger of Faulkner State, Jefferson Davis and Alabama Southern Community Colleges will result in the creation of Coastal Alabama Community College. The consolidation still needs the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges.

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Community college drops plan for course sections limited to African-American students

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Moraine Valley Community College will stop offering sections of orientation course restricted to specific racial groups.

Achieving the Dream looks to increase adjunct faculty engagement

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Six colleges will pilot an initiative to increase adjunct faculty engagement in their campuses’ completion agendas.

Research universities rely on Salem Community College for glass technicians

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When it comes to finding skilled scientific glassblowers to create the instruments needed for engineering and research, there's only one place to turn: New Jersey's Salem Community College.

Democratic platform spurs excitement for advocates of free community college

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After taking a backseat to debate over free tuition at four-year public colleges, free community college advocates see chance to build momentum.

Report Emphasizes Institutional Change Before Initiatives

A new paper from the Community College Research Center at Teachers College at Columbia University examines the use of integrated planning and advising for student success initiatives, or iPASS, at six colleges. iPASS is a type of reform that uses technology to redesign advising and student support services.

Three of the six colleges using iPASS made significant steps in transforming their student support delivery in the 18 months the study took place, while the other three were unable to change their structures, behaviors and attitudes simultaneously, according to the paper.

The findings "underscore the fact that the type of change lauded and encouraged by today's policy makers, grant makers and reformers is not simple. They also remind stakeholders that change can occur in absence of deep transformation, but to achieve the desired results, it is necessary to look beyond structural redesign to a broader, more culturally and behaviorally oriented notion of reform."

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Community College Trustee Criticized for Racist Posts

The president and board chair at Mt. Hood Community College issued statements Monday against board member George "Sonny" Yellott, after he posted an offensive picture of President Obama on his Facebook page this month, according to The Oregonian.

Yellott has also ranted about undocumented immigrants and Brexit to his colleagues during a board meeting. The picture he posted on his Facebook depicts President Obama with a noose around his neck and the text "the making of a national holiday."

"At our last Board of Directors meeting certain statements were made that presented ideas that were not aligned with our mission, vision or values," said Debra Derr, president of the college, and Board Chair Susie Jones, in a statement. "To continue to be accessible, positive and responsive to the communities we serve, we must and will live by the values we share."

The Oregon House Republicans have also asked Yellott to pull out of the race for a seat in the State House. He's running as a Republican.

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California Community Colleges board selects new chancellor

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Long Beach City College's leader, Eloy Ortiz Oakley, will head the California two-year-college system as its new chancellor.

City College of San Francisco Reaches Agreement With Union

City College of San Francisco reached a tentative agreement with its faculty union Thursday following a year of negotiations.

Instructors, counselors and librarians will receive at least a 6.7 percent salary increase over a three-year period. The faculty will vote on the offer in September. If accepted, the college could avoid a faculty strike. Some of the salary offer, however, is conditional on enrollment growth at the college, which has declined in the accreditation crisis with CCSF's accreditor, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

“This contract is a first step in providing faculty at City College the resources needed to rebuild the college and preserve our high-quality programs,” said AFT 2121 President Tim Killikelly.


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