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Hoover, Eric; Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Nobody wants to be here. In remedial English, earning no credit, stuck. Now--after months of commas, clauses, and four-paragraph essays--students have one last chance to write their way out. Twenty students sit at computers, poised to start the final in-class essay for English 002 at Montgomery College. Anybody can enroll here, and all kinds do.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Clubs, Remedial Instruction, Sentences
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Efforts to keep higher education affordable for all students and to promote not only access, but success--all in a climate of dwindling state appropriations and lean budgets--made the past year one of reckoning for colleges. Total outstanding student-loan debt hit the $1-trillion mark as federal officials scrambled to ease the burden on borrowers,…
Descriptors: Student Costs, College Students, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
Pokross, Ben – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
With tax revenues beginning to rebound in most states and endowments on the rebound at many private and public institutions, colleges and universities are growing more hopeful about their financial outlook and instituting new strategies to take advantage of the opportunities. Yet as the economic recovery has slowed in the past few months,…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Colleges, Private Colleges, Community Colleges
Jenkins, Rob – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Facing a cutthroat academic job market, many doctoral students are now willing to explore the possibility of a community-college career. And they have many questions. In Part 1 of this series, the author focused on the hiring process at two-year colleges and answered some common questions like "Do I have to have a Ph.D. to teach in that sector?"…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduate Students, Labor Market, Doctoral Degrees
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Original research in biology, which is thought to spark student interest and bolster majors, makes its way to the associate-degree level. Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, students of biology in community colleges will have the chance to do research on open-ended, real-world questions with no predetermined answers--and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Educational Benefits, Student Interests, Biology
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Since MIT and Harvard started edX, their joint experiment with free online courses, the venture has attracted enormous attention for opening the ivory tower to the world. But in the process, the world will become part of an expensive and ambitious experiment testing some of the most interesting--and difficult--questions in digital education. Can…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Video Games
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As the economy sputters and outcry over the cost of college continues, more students keep enrolling--even if, in the past year, some have used campuses to protest their debt burden and what they see as other economic injustices. Enrollment has ticked up, but who goes to college and how they do it are changing. Students long dubbed…
Descriptors: College Students, Nontraditional Students, Student Costs, Enrollment
Gonzalez, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Community colleges are under pressure these days to produce graduates who can land jobs. But identifying which occupations and skills are in demand is often easier said than done. LaGuardia, a City University of New York campus in Long Island City, is one of 10 community colleges across six states experimenting with software that collects…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Data, Information Utilization, Alignment (Education)
Gonzalez, Jennifer – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The national push to graduate more students excludes no demographic group, and those with lagging completion rates become particular targets of attention. Now some community colleges are zeroing in on another underserved population: ex-offenders. Roughly 1.6 million people are in state and federal prisons across the country, and each year, about…
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Criminals, College Graduates, Community Colleges
Brown, Ryan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
With youth unemployment in South Africa hovering around 50 percent and close to half the population living in poverty, a university degree has come to be seen by many as the only way out. And universities are straining under the burden: This admissions cycle, the University of Johannesburg alone rejected more than 70,000 applicants in filling an…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Adult Education, Futures (of Society), Foreign Countries
Laird, Ellen A. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011
His father had been hacked to death in his own bed with an ax the previous November. His mother was similarly brutalized and left for dead with her husband but survived. On the last Monday of that August, after several months and many investigative twists, turns, and fumbles, there sat the son--the prime suspect--in Ellen Laird's literature class,…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Community Colleges, United States Literature, Fiction
Sieben, Lauren – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011
Many community colleges, along with some public-school districts and family-literacy programs, are overhauling their GED curricula and support services. Nearly 40 million American adults do not have high-school or GED diplomas, according to 2009 data from the American Council on Education, which developed the GED test. Another of the council's…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Community Colleges, Family Literacy, Family Programs
Wheeler, David L.; Wilhelm, Ian – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011
As protesters across the Arab world demand an end to autocratic regimes that have drained universities of resources and suffocated critical thinking, scholars see some hope of an Arab renaissance and a new opening for American involvement. From the ancient Library of Alexandria to a new Islamic-arts museum in Qatar that holds 700-year-old…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Research and Development, International Education, Universities
Ritschel, Robert E. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Indignant at being referred to as junior colleges, many community colleges are creating enterprises that strive to match those of four-year colleges. Several community colleges have added not only competitive sports but also an extensive range of student clubs and activities primarily designed for traditional-age students. Large, often elaborate…
Descriptors: Campuses, Community Colleges, Dormitories, Educational Policy
Eddy, Pamela L. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Signs of a leadership crisis in community colleges have been building over the past decade, with one study predicting that as many as 84 percent of current presidents could retire within the next 10 years. Several plans of action are under way to handle this changing of the guard, including more leadership-preparation programs offered by such…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Administrative Change, Leadership Training, Rural Schools
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