Founded before the Civil War to educate young women, small-town Mitchell Community College has survived by keeping up with its county’s changing needs.
Community colleges have often balked at accepting credits from for-profit colleges. But many of them are trying to aid the thousands of displaced students who now face a crisis.
Skyline College is one of a small but growing number of institutions that look beyond financial aid to help ensure that living expenses don’t delay or derail adult students.
In a pilot project on building programs to help students navigate government services, colleges came up with some creative solutions to the problems they encountered.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who will take charge of the 113-campus system in December, says the colleges must become more "nimble" in responding to the state’s work-force needs.
Two-year colleges have been steadily losing students, and that’s not just because of an improving economy. New research has found that four-year colleges are luring students away, too.
Just as a "tsunami" of retirements approaches, the president's job is getting scarier. Tighter budgets and pressure to reform are among the challenges new chiefs will confront.
Budget woes and completion goals are on the agenda. So are secret shoppers and new ideas for engaging students. After all, someone has to program and fly all those drones.
Some students already have much of the cost of attendance defrayed by grants, but they’re still pleased at the prospect of broader government support.
Tuition is just one of the expenses students face. Much of the impact of the free-college plan hinges on how it interacts with existing financial aid.
Two year ago, the group provided a stark assessment of its members’ shortcomings and called for big changes. Now it has offered a road map to attain that goal.
The scorecard will allow students and families to compare colleges in the system, and will help the colleges measure and improve their performances.
The program, being offered under a contract with Caterpiller Inc., is turning the college into a "pawn" in the company's "union-busting games," the union says.