Community colleges have received extraordinary attention over the past year, in the presidential debates, in state legislatures, and in the media. This buzz is about more than the fact that 7 million degree-seeking students are enrolled in U.S. community colleges each year, making up the majority of freshmen and sophomores.
With massive open online courses—or MOOCs—and other forms of technology-driven instruction taking center stage, national and state-level conversations about higher education seem to be paying less and less attention to the people with primary responsibility for delivering education across institutions: professors and instructors. But, whether in the traditional classroom or through
Over the past year, we have learned a lot about the relationship between college graduates’ employment and earnings outcomes on the one hand, and the degrees they earn and colleges they attend on the other. Federal “gainful employment“ reports, new data out of Tennessee and
We were thrilled that community colleges were a topic of discussion during the first presidential debate. Both President Obama and Governor Romney underscored the critical need for businesses to forge partnerships with community colleges.
President Obama said:
This week, the PBS NewsHour ran a feature on Walla Walla Community College, which was just last week named in the Aspen Prize top 10 for the second year running. The story (which can be
This blog post was originally published as an op-ed in Inside Higher Ed on September 6, 2012. To see the original article, please click here.
Visiting half a dozen colleges and universities in North Africa as part of a PNB-NAPEO higher education delegation earlier this summer, it was clear that the American system of higher education is much envied in that part of the world. Students seem hungry for the kind of
No doubt, students must take personal responsibility to succeed in college. How hard students work often defines which ones acquire the knowledge needed to complete classes and earn a degree and which ones do not. Indeed, the hardest workers are probably the ones who are more likely to be walking across a stage this month with diploma in hand.
For more than 60 years, the US has demonstrated its commitment to expanding access to college. As a result of the GI Bill, Pell Grants, and other federal and state initiatives, an astonishing 68% of high school graduates now enroll in college (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), not to mention the millions of displaced workers and other adults seeking to improve their lives