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Parchment Partners with GED Testing Service

Parchment, an electronic transcription service, on Tuesday announced a partnership with the GED Testing Service under which students who pass the high school equivalency test will receive free electronic diplomas and transcripts. The GED, which is owned jointly by the American Council on Education and Pearson, is gearing up for a move to become fully electronic next year. The new partnership will allow GED-holders to share their electronic transcripts with potential employers and colleges.

Enrollment Rebounds at California Community Colleges

After several years of declines, California community colleges are seeing enrollment increases this year. Data released Wednesday by the community college system's chancellor's office indicated that the median percentage increase in enrollment is 2.5 percent, and a 5 percent increase in the number of sections. In contrast, last year at this time, the colleges were seeing an enrollment decline of 4.8 percent and a section reduction of 3.3 percent. College budgets are healthier in part due to a tax measure pushed by Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, approved by voters in November.

 

City of San Francisco Sues Accreditor

The City of San Francisco announced Thursday that it is suing the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, charging it with using inappropriate measures in evaluating City College of San Francisco, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The commission has announced plans to revoke the college's accreditation next year. The suit argues, among other things, that the commission was punishing the college for its opposition to budget cuts at a time that commission leaders agreed with state officials that cuts were appropriate. Commission officials could not be reached for comment, but they have denied that they treated the college unfairly.

Different Tactics to Help City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco on Tuesday formally asked its accreditor to reverse the decision that, a year from now, would strip the college of its accreditation, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. But to the disappointment of many students and faculty members, the college's request to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges did not mention a recent report by the U.S. Education Department faulting the accreditor for being out of compliance with several rules that relate to its review of the college. Robert Agrella, a state-appointed trustee who has been running the college since shortly after the accreditor's decision to revoke recognition, defended the decision not to focus on the commission's own problems. "I believe that if the college changes direction and begins to attack the commission, rather than working with it to correct the problems in the institution, it will jeopardize our ability to maintain accreditation," he said.

About 150 students, meanwhile, demanding Agrella's ouster, staged a sit-in at San Francisco City Hall, KTVU News reported.

 

Community College Signs Transfer Pact With British University

Raritan Valley Community College, in New Jersey, has signed an articulation agreement enabling graduates to transfer to the London-based University of Greenwich, The Messenger-Gazette reported. James B. Ventantonio, the college's interim president, described it as the first of a number of articulation agreements Raritan Valley hopes to forge with foreign universities. 

Nebraska community college trying a new adult education approach

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In Omaha, one community college has opened a "neighborhood" facility to make adult education more accessible.

Faculty groups in California disagree on whether a proposed overload law would limit the practice or promote it

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Would legislating a limit on faculty overtime result in more professors reaching the limit -- and reducing spots for adjuncts? California faculty groups square off over the question.

Obama Weighs in on Serving Student Veterans

President Obama over the weekend touted a new program from the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Veteran Affairs that broadly defines "best practices" for serving student veterans. So far more than 250 institutions, including many community colleges, have signed on to the "8 Keys to Success." The program includes calls for better coordination with government agencies, a uniform set of data tools and an early alert system aimed at student veterans.

Washington state 2-year colleges will ask students about sexual orientation on registration forms

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Washington State's community colleges add voluntary questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to all student registration forms.

 

Community college offers tuition amnesty program

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A community college in Michigan offers "tuition amnesty" to collect some of what former students owe and to re-enroll them.

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