Community Colleges

Rio Hondo College, a community college near Los Angeles.

Critics question Obama’s free community college idea

Students, experts pick apart the pros and cons of proposal meant to speed up degrees

Students are returning to for-profit colleges

For-profit colleges have figured how to woo younger students. Declining enrollment persists at public community college.

How many already attend community college for free?

Two-thirds of community college students seem poor enough to qualify for free tuition, but fewer than half get enough grants.

Long Beach City College in California. (Photo: Long Beach City College)

Want higher-ed reform? You may be surprised where you’ll find it

As a top student in high school, Amy Miramontes-Franco knew she was destined for college. But she surprised even herself when, for financial reasons and because she hadn’t yet decided…

Competency catches on at community college

Competency-based education isn’t an experiment at Bellevue College near Seattle, writes Paul Bradley on Community College Week. The college’s first CBE program —…

Active learning helps first-gen students

Classes that require active learning — as opposed to listening to lectures — help first-generation and black students, according to a new…

They earned a degree and then …

College students don’t work very hard or learn very much, concluded Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa in their 2011 book, Academically Adrift. How did those students do when…


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Community colleges should be free

Following Tennessee’s lead, several states are considering free tuition for community and technical college students. Community Colleges Should Be Free,…

California OKs 4-year degrees at 2-year colleges

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…

For remedial community college students, algebra or statistics?

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…