Community colleges

Manufacturing industry taps colleges for help with alternative credential

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The manufacturing industry's alternative credentialing system goes forward, but leans on new higher education partners. The stackable credentials are a promising blend of competency and academics.

Accreditation crisis hits City College of San Francisco

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City College of San Francisco's accreditation is in limbo. Shutting down probably isn't a possibility, but the college is in a deep hole. What went wrong?

Complete College America declares war on remediation

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Complete College America wants to abolish remedial courses, but some say its policy push is not always backed by research and its rhetoric can be unfair to community colleges.

Certificates are misunderstood credentials that pay off -- mostly for men

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Certificates are the fastest-growing college credential, with a big wage payoff. But earnings mostly go to men, and the certificate remains largely misunderstood in "completion agenda."

U. of Texas community college leadership program's founder moves to for-profit

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Founder of UT-Austin's community college leadership program, the field's big fish, is moving to a for-profit, fueling worries about the future of the program's affiliates, NISOD and CCCSE.

Law may contribute to advising overload at California's community colleges

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Some California community colleges have 1,700 students per academic adviser. But a state law designed to protect faculty jobs may help prevent the hiring of more counselors.

Bill Would Clear Path for Two-Tiered Pricing at Calif. Community Colleges

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California lawmaker wants to make two-tiered pricing at community colleges legal, partially to prevent minority students from attending for-profits. But critics say the bill opens door to privatization.

Prior learning assessment catches on, quietly

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Prior learning assessment could be higher education's next big disruptive force, and ACE and CAEL are poised to catch that potential gold rush. But many remain skeptical about academic credit for work experience.

Lone Star College adopts differential tuition

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Lone Star College has begun charging varying rates for courses systemwide, based on cost of delivery, and plans to add student success incentives, some of them financial.

Community college leaders told privatization is wave of the future

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Two community college leaders tell their colleagues they need to accept a permanent end to reliance on state and local funds -- and to focus on new ways to find money.

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