Community Colleges

Community Colleges
Oct 18, 2016
Some educators see other factors besides a recovering economy as a reasons why their enrollments are low.


April 8, 2016 -- Inside Higher Ed's second Survey of Community College Presidents finds them divided over whether free two-year programs will be adopted in their states and worried about the direction of debt-free-college conversations.

The survey was conducted in conjunction with Gallup. Download a copy of the report.

On Wednesday, May 4, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman analyzed the findings and answered readers' questions in a free webinar. View the webinar.

The Inside Higher Ed survey of community college presidents was made possible in part by advertising from Hobsons, Jenzabar and rSmart.


The Quest for Student Success at Community Colleges is Inside Higher Ed's latest compilation of articles.

As with other such print-on-demand booklets, the compilation groups together pieces that explore different strategies used by faculty members and institutions -- and efforts to track their success.

The booklet is free and you may download a copy here.

And you may sign up here for a free webinar on Wednesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Eastern about the themes of the booklet.

This booklet was made possible in part through the advertising support of ETS.


Confessions of a Community College Dean
October 25, 2016 - 10:20pm

Health insurance and contract negotiations in higher ed.

Confessions of a Community College Dean
October 24, 2016 - 9:57pm

When student and college differ on what constitutes success.


Confessions of a Community College Dean
October 23, 2016 - 9:42pm

When good intentions aren't enough and student success is at risk.



April 21, 2010

SEATTLE – Six influential community college organizations signed a commitment to boost student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade Tuesday, at the closing of this week's meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges.

April 20, 2010

SEATTLE -- After leaders of the American Association of Community Colleges revealed details about a new national accountability system to a packed room here Monday, the first question was simple: Who is this system for? Who needs to understand it?

The answer from R. Eileen Baccus, president emeritus of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and chair of one of the committees developing the system, was also simple: The answers need to make sense for those "who are on our backs."

April 20, 2010

SEATTLE – Houston Community College will develop the first American-style community college in Qatar, officials announced here Monday at this week's meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges.

April 19, 2010

SEATTLE -- A few years ago, gatherings of community college leaders commonly featured discussions of the unfairness and inaccuracy of using graduation rates to measure institutional success. There were no shortages of arguments to make: Many community college students don't want a degree, or they transfer before earning one, or they just wanted to take one course anyway, or they can only afford to take one course at a time.

April 19, 2010

SEATTLE – Educators gathered here for this week's meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges are encouraging more two-year institutions to internationalize their curriculums and expand their reach around the world, arguing that there is no better time to make such changes than during a global economic downturn.

April 16, 2010

WASHINGTON – Take note, Jill Biden: Community college leaders have a lot they want to talk about at the White House summit you plan to host this fall.

April 14, 2010

Six states that are trying to revamp remedial education are focusing as much on what happens outside of the classroom – in state policies – as inside. Among the targets for change are state funding formulas and individual course rules.

April 14, 2010

Though the terms “college ready” and “career ready” have been used together in many education plans in recent years, a new paper from the Association for Career and Technical Education argues they are not the same.

April 1, 2010

Where does the truth about for-profit colleges lie?

Is it in the harshly critical investigative reports that stitch together one damaging anecdote after another to suggest that the institutions prey on academically underprepared, low-income students, leaving them with huge student loan debts and few job prospects?

March 31, 2010

BALTIMORE – By opening on-campus preventative care centers that both serve the uninsured and provide allied health students with real-world clinical experience, one community college is trying to remedy the health care crisis in its own backyard.


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