Higher Ed

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Has this new online college program solved the MOOC problem?

By Timothy Pratt

ATLANTA – Dary Merckens was in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, several weeks before moving to Las Vegas. He was also entering his second month in a master’s degree program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Merckens, who is 30, can take his education with him. That’s because he’s enrolled in Georgia […]

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Programs seek to lower cost of college textbooks

By Laura M. Colarusso

If you were to ask Sandra Kerley how important it is that she’s able to get textbooks for free, she would tell you that this seemingly minor benefit is “life changing.” “It helps us pay the electricity bill,”said the 35-year-old Kerley, a third-year business administration student at Tidewater Community College in Virginia. “It helps us […]

Community colleges should be free

By Joanne Jacobs

Following Tennessee’s lead, several states are considering free tuition for community and technical college students. Community Colleges Should Be Free, editorializes Scientific American. Community colleges train technicians for jobs in leading-edge industries and serve as gateways to higher education for first-generation, minority and working-class students. The Tennessee Promise is showing the way. Starting next year, […]

Kevin Kruger president of NASPA, left, and David Maxwell, president of Drake University, right.

Can higher education reinvent our ‘paralyzed and dysfunctional’ democratic process?

By David Maxwell and Kevin Kruger

Student participation in the political process is on the decline in the U.S. as skepticism for political candidates and processes rises. In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, voter turnout among 18 to 24 year-olds fell to 41 percent, a six percentage-point drop from the 2008 election, The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning […]

Students at Ivy Tech Community College. (Photo: Ivy Tech Community College)

How to educate Americans for jobs? Ask the Germans, employers urge

By Jon Marcus

INDIANAPOLIS — Two years. That’s how long it takes William Lankin’s fast-growing electrical contracting company to teach new hires with four-year university degrees the tricks of the trade. These college grads “have learned the book stuff, but they don’t have real-world experience,” said Lankin, vice president of Industrial Electric. “They don’t know how to work […]


California OKs 4-year degrees at 2-year colleges

By Joanne Jacobs

Nursing students, from left, Caroline Pantaleon, Yang Liu, Melody Saechao and Christine Crivello practice inserting an IV in Saul Jones’ nursing skills lab class at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif. The college could begin offering bachelor’s degrees in nursing. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group) ( Kristopher Skinner ) As early as next year, […]


For remedial community college students, algebra or statistics?

By Joanne Jacobs

Pass rates are very low for community college students placed in remedial math, typically a review of elementary algebra. Students are more likely to pass college-level, for-credit statistics than remedial algebra, concludes a City University of New York study. At Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Hostos Community College (HCC), and LaGuardia Community College (LCC), […]

Jacqueline King

Higher Ed isn’t as far behind on Common Core as you think

By Jacqueline King

Most attention to the Common Core State Standards has focused understandably on the continued political backlash against the standards and the status of implementation in schools. As we look ahead to next spring when students will take assessments that indicate whether they are on track to college and career readiness, we have seen some attention […]

A Everest College location in Woodbridge, Virginia on July 6, 2014. Corinthian Colleges, the parent company of Everest College and for-profit corporation has come under scrutiny by the Department of Education for alleged predatory recruiting that leaves students with high levels of debt and low graduation rates. Photo Credit: Kristoffer Tripplaar/ Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images)

Experts counsel students to watch out for warning signs of troubled colleges

By Matt Krupnick

When Corinthian Colleges Inc. agreed in July to sell off or close nearly all of its 107 campuses, it left 72,000 students wondering about their futures—and whether they should have seen the writing on the wall. Now, with more colleges and universities than ever having trouble making ends meet, experts are urging students to pay […]

A teacher-training workshop at Kennesaw State University in Georgia

Responding to student demand, universities teach teachers how to teach

By Timothy Pratt

KENNESAW, Ga. — Michele DiPietro had his listeners in stitches with his impressions of dumb things college students say in class. Then he sobered them up with advice about how they could do their own jobs better, and asked how they handled such recurring classroom challenges as apathy and short attention spans. DiPietro’s disciples were […]

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