Community colleges

Utah Valley University thrives by being both community college and university

While policy makers push vocational education as an alternative to the bachelor’s degree, Utah Valley University does both as a dual-role community college and university that enrolls 37,000 students.

Peralta Community College rejects Oakland A's offer for new ballpark

Faculty and student groups pushed against proposal from Oakland Athletics to build new ballpark on college property. And their board listened.

Reports highlight woes faced by the one-third of all college students who transfer

Three reports highlight different ways that changing colleges is difficult. Bottom line (in one expert’s words): transferring students are “abused.”

Increasing share of good-paying jobs go to college graduates

Associate and four-year degrees lead to a growing share of well-paying jobs, study finds, as struggles increase for workers with only a high school credential.

Support builds for expanding Pell eligibility to short-term certificates

Bipartisan support builds for expanding Pell Grant eligibility to short-term certificates, although some experts worry about quality control and funding.

California community colleges seek to rebrand CTE as state kicks in new money

California’s community colleges seek to rebrand career and technical education amid a broad state push that includes $200 million more in annual funding.

Americans see value in higher education, survey finds, but are unhappy with current system

Americans see the work force and societal value of getting a college degree, a survey from New America finds, but community colleges have more support than do other sectors.

President proposes consolidation at Connecticut State system

Connecticut system hopes for big savings by running 12 campuses centrally and combining back-office functions at colleges and universities.

Sharp growth of California's free community college programs

While California considers a plan to cut tuition and lower the cost of going to college, more than 50 local free two-year initiatives are popping up across the state.

Replicating Tennessee's approach to free community college takes money and more

As Tennessee’s Promise program expands to include adult students, other community college scholarship programs are figuring out how to replicate its success.

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