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  • Obama's 'Free' Community College - Not a very sound idea

    02/06/2015 7:02:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/4/2015 | Dr. David Herbert
    President Obama recently announced his goal to provide two years of “free” community college for American workers. This has been met with cheers from community college leaders, high school administrators, and plenty of Americans. Such cheers, however, are not such a clear sign that President Obama would have us believe in the wisdom of providing free community college education. First, let’s not pretend that this is going to result in saving the country money on education — it merely changes who foots the bill. Instead of people attending community colleges paying for their own education, the American taxpayer will be...
  • GREAT idea: Let’s Liquidate Community College

    02/05/2015 6:47:14 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 66 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Feb. 4, 2015 | PEDRO GONZALES
    President Obama wants to make community college free to all. But we already have way too many unqualified people going to community colleges. Did you know that the number of students who successfully graduate from publicly-funded community college is only 20%? And that figure is for students who take up to 3 years… to complete a 2 year program! Put another way, 80% of students who go into community college don’t graduate in a reasonable period of time. And community colleges are heavily subsidized by the taxpayer. Why should we subsidize schools where 4 out of 5 students drop out?...
  • White House Targeted Education Savings

    02/02/2015 7:47:09 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 1, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    While the Obama Administration hatched a plan to make community college free, the White House plotted a change in the tax treatment of savings accounts parents use to pay for their children’s college education. “During his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed taxing 529 college savings plans,” Alexander Hendrie of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) writes. “529 tax plans work by allowing families to deposit after tax funds into an account that then accumulates interest.” “When funds are withdrawn from the account to pay for college they are tax free.” These Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) allow parents to...
  • Democratic Pickpockets and Purse Snatchers

    01/26/2015 2:14:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ross Kaminsky
    Like walking in a neighborhood full of pickpockets and purse snatchers, living under the Obama administration should leave all Americans worried about what will be pilfered from them next.In one of the most hypocritical moves yet—and that’s saying something—by a man who exhaled a lot of hot air in recent weeks, including during the State of the Union speech, talking about the importance of a college education, President Obama is now proposing to end tax-free withdrawals from 529 college savings accounts, diminishing (or perhaps even eliminating)their attractiveness as savings vehicles and thereby reducing incentives for millions of American families to...
  • The Free Community College Plan is Obama’s G.I. Bill (Wait, he's serious!)

    01/25/2015 4:10:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jonathan Alter
    The president’s plan to make community college free for everyone is the best news for the middle class in a long time. President Obama this month gave the best State of the Union address of his presidency but it was largely written in disappearing ink. Like the vast majority of presidential speeches, little of it lingers. But one proposal in the speech could prove historic. While Obama’s $60 billion plan for two free years of community college is dead-on-arrival in the Republican Congress, it is very much alive in American politics, where progressives now have an aspirational, easy-to-understand issue to...
  • Free Community College - Economics and Education in Freefall Together

    01/19/2015 12:16:24 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 19, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Democrats have long called for grammar school to be “free” (that is, taxpayer-funded)… and they’ve long called for high school to be “free” (yes, even more taxpayer-funded)… and now the Democrats are calling for college – or at least the first two years of it – to be free as well. The proposal can – and should – be shot down with a single point: The United States is, by any measure of the term, bankrupt. We have gone from 7 trillion dollars in debt to 15 trillion in just six years, more than doubling a national debt that had...
  • Devaluing Education in America

    01/18/2015 6:44:37 PM PST · by LizHarrison · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1-15-2015 | Liz Harrison
    Education in America is arguably one of the most contradictory institutions in existence. Teaching as a vocation is both under and over valued, depending on which level one is considering. Many Americans are quick to protest wage and benefit increases when it comes to teachers in public schools. Primarily because it is a readily seen expense on the local level. However, the same issue causes calls for more Federal or State dollars in schools, ostensibly to improve their performance. Once the issue moves on to collegiate level, there are cries about the high expense of tuition in state and private...
  • Ann Coulter: As Long as Obama Brought Up the Cost of College...

    01/15/2015 9:21:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/15/2015 | Ann Coulter
    I gather from Obama's "free" community college proposal that his plan for dealing with the Republican Congress over the next two years is to throw out ridiculously expensive ideas no one has ever heard of before, and then denounce Republicans for being naysayers. Community college is already incredibly inexpensive. The only thing that will jack up the price is making it "free." How about a big federal program to provide every American with free toilet paper? Coincidentally, that's about all most college degrees are good for these days. Obama's moronic proposal has presented the GOP with a fantastic opportunity. Since...
  • Is “free” community college just another out of touch elitist scheme? [Obamacare for college]

    01/13/2015 7:57:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2015 | Bruce McQuain
    The short answer is “yes”. Megan McArdle makes the point : Higher education is becoming the ginseng of the policy world: a sort of all-purpose snake oil for solving any problem you’d care to name, as long as we consume enough of it. Education is a very good thing, but it is not the only good thing. An indiscriminate focus on pushing more people into the system is no cure for society’s ills–and indeed, often functions as a substitute for helping the people who are struggling in the current system. In fact (beside the fact we can’t afford “ObamaCare...
  • Obama's "Free Education" proposal: A Community-College Plan Doomed to Fail

    01/13/2015 7:33:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/13/2015 | The Editors
    The logic behind the “free” community-college program President Obama announced last week is understandable. A high-school education once put many well-paying jobs within reach of Americans. Today, post-high-school work is increasingly necessary. So President Obama has proposed that two years of community college be free for students in most programs, accompanied by more oversight and accountability from Washington. The problems begin where they did with efforts to improve elementary and secondary education from Washington: Why is a locally provided good the concern of the federal government? And since when was America’s K–12 educational system, let alone the federal government’s attempts...
  • Obama's "Free Education" proposal: A Community-College Plan Doomed to Fail

    01/13/2015 7:33:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 01/13/2015 | The Editors
    Two stars from the Seattle Seahawks took time away from the field to cut an ad shilling for Obamacare. The ad, posted Friday, features Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and rhetorically explosive cornerback Richard Sherman touting the benefits of President Obama’s healthcare law and its web portal Healthcare.gov.
  • Community College an Expensive Freebie

    01/12/2015 7:09:58 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 9, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s one thing for conservative pundits to question the Obama Administration’s latest higher education subsidy. It’s quite another for a writer in The Atlantic to start asking inconvenient questions. “President Obama wants to provide free tuition at community colleges, a proposal that could benefit as many as 9 million students, according to a White House outline of the plan released Thursday,” Fawn Johnson wrote on the Atlantic blog. “But there's one big caveat in the proposal: There isn't plan to fund it, other than to ask Congress for the money.” “Without that crucial piece of the program, which would be...
  • Obama's Free Community College Proposal Is Ridiculous

    01/11/2015 11:32:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 11, 2015 | Michael Filozof
    As someone who has spent over 15 years teaching at community colleges, I cannot think of a worse idea than President Obama’s proposal for the federal government to provide “free” community college tuition nationwide. Here’s why: Nothing in life is “free”: The lesson we should be teaching our students is that nothing of value is free. “Free community college” for students translates into “a tax increase for somebody else.” Who is going to pay for the billions of dollars it will cost to provide “free” tuition at community colleges, which are heavily subsidized by taxpayers already? College should be affordable,...
  • Jeb In 94: I Would Do ‘Probably Nothing’ For African-Americans

    01/10/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | SCOTT GREER
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a presidential run and is currently leading the polls among potential Republican candidates for 2016, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Florida’s highest office may come back to haunt him.The Associated Press reports that Bush described himself then as a “head-banging conservative” and used fiery rhetoric — such as claiming he would do “probably nothing” for African-Americans if he became governor — in his ultimately unsuccessful bid. Bush made that statement in response to a question on what he would for African-Americans if elected to office.“It’s time...
  • Obama's Free Community College Idea May Be Hard Sell

    01/09/2015 11:26:01 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/09/15 | Devin Dwyer
    Free community college for all. Conversation-starter? Definitely. Political possibility? Not any time soon. President Obama unveiled the idea in a video posted to Facebook on Thursday night. But administration officials provided no price tag, no legislation, and little evidence of Republican support on Capitol Hill. But the White House says that’s beside the point at this stage. The president hopes “to start a conversation,” Obama domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz told reporters.
  • Why Free Community College is Anything But Free

    01/09/2015 8:16:23 AM PST · by Hardens Hollow · 45 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 9, 2015 | Lindsey Burke
    The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will propose two years of “free” community college for students maintaining a “C” or better, paid for by taxpayers. The federal government would finance three-quarters of the costs, and the administration says it hopes the remainder would be financed by states. î˜Ș Just 20 percent of community college first-years complete their program within three years. The White House claims the proposal will save students $3,800 per year in tuition costs. When asked about the cost of the proposal to taxpayers, however, the administration said it did not yet have a price tag, but...
  • Obama's 'Free' Community College Plan Could Cost $34B Per Year

    01/09/2015 7:27:37 AM PST · by yoe · 53 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 9, 2015 | JERYL BIER
    (According to) to Justin Sink of the Hill, Cecilia Muńoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, declined to put a price tag on the plan during a conference call Thursday evening. Rather Muńoz said details of the plan will be in the president's next budget proposal. However, the president's announcement said that the plan could benefit as many as nine million students who could save an average of $3,800 per year. This would put the total cost at a little more than $34 billion. In a (video) accompanying the announcement, the president said that his plan would be...
  • Obama proposes free community college program

    01/09/2015 2:24:24 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/8/2015 | Fox
    WASHINGTON – President Obama on Thursday proposed making community college free "for everybody who is willing to work for it." In a video posted on Facebook, the president previewed his plan, which will be formally announced during a trip to Tennessee Friday. "It's not for kids," Obama said. "We also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits." The proposal drew an immediate critical response from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who said, "with no details or information on the cost, this seems more like a talking point...
  • Obama Proposes Publicly Funded Community College for All

    01/09/2015 9:27:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/09/2015 | By NEDRA PICKLER
    President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping, multibillion-dollar proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce. The program is expected to cost the federal government $60 billion over 10 years, said White House spokesman Eric Schultz, and it faces a Republican Congress averse to big new spending programs. Obama was promoting the idea on Friday at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, a follow-up to a video message posted to Facebook Thursday evening. "Put simply, what...
  • Obama to propose two free years of community college for students

    President Barack Obama on Friday will propose making two years of community college free for students. In a White House video posted Thursday evening, Obama said he wanted to offer “a little preview” of his plans for the Jan. 20 State of the Union address. “What I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.” The proposal would make two years...
  • Obama to propose two free years of community college for students

    01/08/2015 4:39:51 PM PST · by 9thLife · 116 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/8/15 6:48 PM EST | Allie Grasgreen
    President Barack Obama on Friday will propose making two years of community college free for students. In a White House video posted Thursday evening, Obama said he wanted to offer “a little preview” of his plans for the Jan. 20 State of the Union address. “What I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.” The proposal would make two years...
  • Obama to propose two free years of community college

    01/08/2015 5:19:48 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 18 replies
    politico ^ | 1/8/15 6:48 PM EST | Allie Grasgreen
    President Barack Obama on Friday will propose making two years of community college free for students. In a White House video posted Thursday evening, Obama said he wanted to offer “a little preview” of his plans for the Jan. 20 State of the Union address. “What I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.” The proposal would make two years...
  • A-G Advises On "Dreamers Act"(Virgina)

    04/29/2014 11:36:26 AM PDT · by central_va · 5 replies
    WRVA ^ | 4/29/14 | wrva
    Richmond, VA (1140wrva.com) _ Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is advising Virginia's colleges and universities and the Virginia Community College System that under current Virginia law, Virginia students who are legally present in the United States under the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program qualify for in-state tuition, provided they meet the state's domicile requirements. In a letter sent to Virginia's college and university presidents, the chancellor of the community college system and the State Council of Higher Education, Herring says the students, often called "DREAMers", will still need to gain admission to an institution of higher education, maintain...
  • Md. college denies applicant: 'Not the place for religion'

    04/25/2014 12:22:22 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    One News Now ^ | April 25, 2014 | Michael F. Haverluck
    When Brandon Jenkins applied to the Radiation Therapy Program at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland, the last thing on his mind was that he would be rejected for his faith in God – but that's exactly what happened. Not long after Jenkins initially applied to CCBC's program as a very strong candidate, he was told by a faculty member that the "field [of radiation therapy] is not the place for religion." "I understand that religion is a major part of your life and that was evident in your recommendation letters; however, this field is not the...
  • Va. college ‘free speech zones’ latest to fall

    04/12/2014 11:08:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 12, 2014 11:47 AM EDT | Larry O’Dell
    The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college “free speech zones” is unfolding in Virginia, where lawyers are negotiating a settlement in the case of a student who was barred from preaching on campus. The Virginia Community College System has agreed to suspend its student demonstrations policy in response to a lawsuit filed by Thomas Nelson Community College student Christian Parks. Both sides have asked a federal judge in Norfolk to put the case on hold until May 2 while a new policy and settlement details are negotiated. Judicial history and recent legislative developments suggested Parks had...
  • Honey, They Shrunk My Job: Obamacare has already hurt tens of thousands of workers.

    10/01/2013 6:58:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/01/2013 | Deroy Murdock
    ‘They said this would be a disaster in terms of jobs,” President Obama shouted on Thursday. “There is no widespread evidence that the Affordable Care Act is hurting jobs.” At least 30,377 Americans would beg to differ. Amid their new, Obamacare-generated non-working hours, they might observe that “no widespread evidence” is hardly a categorical denial. Either Obama flat-out yelled lies at a rally in Largo, Md., or he occupies a bubble as airtight as the International Space Station. Perhaps Obama is encircled by yes persons who insulate him from evidence — “widespread” or otherwise — of the increasing cruelty that...
  • Professor Orders Students to Support Gay Rights

    06/18/2013 3:52:09 PM PDT · by fwdude · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Tennessee community college professor ordered her students to wear ribbons in support of gay rights and said those who supported the traditional definition of marriage are just “uneducated bigots” who “attack homosexuals with hate,” according to a legal firm representing several of the students in the class. Students in a general psychology class at Columbia State Community College were directed by their professor to wear “Rainbow Coalition” ribbons for an entire day and express their support for the homosexual community, said Travis Barham, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. Barham is calling for the college to punish Dr....
  • Tarrant County Community College SE campus on lockdown (TX)

    04/16/2013 10:55:17 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 19 replies
    KDFW Fox 4 ^ | 16 April 2013 | Mark Norris
    Tarrant County Community College southeast campus in Arlington is on lockdown midday Tuesday after reports of an armed suspect near campus. Scanner traffic indicates that Grand Prairie Police are looking for an armed burglary suspect who has a stolen .22 firearm. Suspect is reportedly wearing a black hoodie. Officials believe the suspect may be in a wooded area behind the campus. TCC sent out an alert to students telling them a lockdown is in effect. If they were in a building, students were told to stay in the room, turn out lights and stay away from doors and windows.
  • RIVERSIDE, CA: Riverside Community College Student Body President is Registered Sex Offender

    04/04/2013 7:47:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | April 3, 2013 | Richard K. De Atley
    RIVERSIDE: RCC student body president is registered sex offender It was no April Fools’ joke. On Monday, April 1, anonymous black-and-white fliers were found pinned to billboards at Riverside City College saying the student body president is a registered sex offender. Students at first thought it was a cruel prank, but once it was confirmed, the revelation left them asking whether RCC administrators, who acknowledge they knew about it before the election, should have disclosed the information to the campus community. Doug Robert Figueroa, 40, of Riverside, was sentenced to five years in prison for admitting that in 2005 he...
  • Lawmakers: Anti-Bullying Conference Bullies Conservatives, Christians

    03/29/2013 12:22:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A group of nearly two dozen Republican lawmakers is threatening to pull state funding from an Iowa community college unless they defund an anti-bullying program that the lawmakers say bullies Christians and conservatives. The Des Moines Area Community College is one of several sponsors of the Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth – scheduled to be held next week. The program was founded by Iowa Safe Schools. The college’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter filed a Freedom of Information Act request and discovered that tax and tuition dollars were being used to cover the costs. “It’s outrageous,” said Jake...
  • YAF Chapter Exposes School Using Taxpayer Funds to Attack Conservatives, Christians (Iowa)

    03/28/2013 3:54:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Young Americans Foundation ^ | March 26, 2013 | Adam Tragone
    A Young Americans for Freedom chapter is demanding its school to pull funding from an upcoming LGBT conference, claiming a bias against conservatives and Christians. Des Moines Community College student Jake Dagel, who chairs the school's Young Americans for Freedom chapter, is opposing the 8th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) Youth and is calling for the school to pull its $1,000 sponsorship during a press conference announcing his chapter's position. Dagel claims that conservatives and Christians will be bullied at the event. “Any conference or event that attacks individuals for their beliefs is not...
  • Middle Skills, Middle Money?

    02/26/2013 5:22:52 PM PST · by eagleye85 · 13 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | February 26, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    People with an Associate’s degree may earn less in their lifetime, but they might just be earning more right now. New data shows that an Associate’s degree may impart the ‘middle skills’ which are the ticket to the middle class. “Nearly 30% of Americans with associate’s degrees now make more than those with bachelor’s degrees, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce,” reports Jon Marcus for CNN Money. “In fact, other recent research in several states shows that, on average, community college graduates right out of school make more than graduates of four-year universities.” However, “Although these...
  • Surprise: PA College Slashes Instructors' Hours to Avoid Obamacare

    11/21/2012 6:13:08 PM PST · by george76 · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Nov 2012 | Wynton Hall
    Pennsylvania's Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare. "It's kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don't have the money to pay for it," said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis. On Tuesday, CCAC employees were notified that Obamacare defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week and that on Dec. 31 temporary part-time employees will...
  • Long Beach City College tries an alt to placement tests [as 85% reading and 73% math need remedial)

    06/25/2012 5:34:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 25, 2012 | Carla Rivera
    Edward Yacuta felt rushed and nervous when he took a test to determine whether he was ready for college-level English classes at Long Beach City College. The 18-year-old did poorly on the exam, even though he was getting good grades in an Advanced Placement English class at Long Beach's Robert A. Millikan High School. Most community colleges would assign students like Yacuta to a remedial class, but he will avoid that fate at Long Beach. The two-year school is trying out a new system this fall that will place students who graduated from the city's high schools in courses based...
  • Colleges Misassign Many to Remedial Classes, Studies Find

    02/29/2012 5:45:59 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies · 2+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 28, 2012 | TAMAR LEWIN
    Two new studies from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College have found that community colleges unnecessarily place tens of thousands of entering students in remedial classes — and that their placement decisions would be just as good if they relied on high school grade-point averages instead of standardized placement tests. The studies address one of the most intractable problems of higher education: the dead end of remedial education. At most community colleges, a majority of entering students who recently graduated from high school are placed in remedial classes, where they pay tuition but earn no college...
  • Police: Wash. instructor tricked student to strip

    01/02/2012 12:33:49 PM PST · by bkopto · 41 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 30, 2011 | Staff
    Authorities in Washington say a former Tacoma Community College music instructor tricked a teenage voice student to take off her clothes off while singing in hopes she would reach lower octaves. The Tacoma News Tribune reports 37-year-old Kevin Gausepohl is charged with seven counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and one count of obstructing a law enforcement officer. Investigators say he told a Gig Harbor High School student he was conducting a study on how sexual arousal affects vocal ranges. The girl was 17 at the time.
  • College teachers focus lessons on Occupy Seattle

    10/31/2011 1:06:04 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | October 31, 2011 | The Associated Press
    Beginning Sunday evening,instructors at Seattle Community College campuses are teaching classes in support of Occupy Seattle.SEATTLE — Beginning Sunday evening, instructors at Seattle Community College campuses are teaching classes in support of Occupy Seattle.The classes are scheduled to be held in the plaza of Seattle Central Community College. They will focus on subjects such as legislative lobbying, the art of the protest sign and filming to document human rights violations.According to Occupy Seattle and the Washington branch of the American Federation of Teachers, classes were scheduled throughout the night.
  • A Community College Instructor Like Me: Race and Ethnicity Interactions in the Classroom

    09/05/2011 6:06:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    National Bureau of Economic Research ^ | September 2011 | Robert Fairlie, Florian Hoffmann, Philip Oreopoulos
    This paper uses detailed administrative data from one of the largest community colleges in the United States to quantify the extent to which academic performance depends on students being of similar race or ethnicity to their instructors. To address the concern of endogenous sorting, we use both student and classroom fixed effects and focus on those with limited course enrolment options. We also compare sensitivity in the results from using within versus across section instructor type variation. Given the computational complexity of the 2-way fixed effects model with a large set of fixed effects we rely on numerical algorithms that...
  • Palin paying off, officials say: Speaking fee already more than covered by ticket sales

    04/30/2011 12:45:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hanford Sentinel ^ | April 30, 2011 | Seth Nidever
    West Hills College Lemoore officials say they invited Sarah Palin to speak to make money for the school, and it's working out as planned - even with the $115,000 fee they're paying for her upcoming speech on Sunday. "That's the bottom line," said Frances Squire, marketing director for West Hills Community College District. "We're raising funds ... and so we wanted somebody we knew would sell tickets." WHCL officials say they recouped the $115,000 just a few weeks after they announced that Palin was coming to kick off the grand opening of their new Golden Eagle Arena. At this point,...
  • Obama: Community Colleges Are The 'Unsung Heroes'

    10/05/2010 4:54:48 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 28 replies
    abc news website ^ | 100510 | sunlen (is that a name?) miller
    Calling community colleges the “unsung heroes” of the nation’s education system, President Obama convened the first White House Summit on Community Colleges today, led by 17-year community college professor Dr. Jill Biden. “They may not get the credit they deserve, they may not get the same resources as other schools, but they provide a gateway to millions of Americans to good jobs and a better life,” the president said of the nation’s community colleges from the East Room summit today, “These are places where young people can continue their education without taking on a lot of debt. These are places...
  • Obama To Announce Industry-Community College Initiative [Another Boondoggle?]

    10/03/2010 5:39:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Capital ^ | October 4, 2010 | Corey Boles
    President Barack Obama will announce on Monday an initiative aimed at improving partnerships between community colleges and industry around the country with a bid to spur job opportunities for graduates, according to a White House official. Called "Skills for America", the scheme will seek to establish least one partnership between community colleges and industry in every state. It will set a national goal of achieving an additional 5 million community-college graduates by 2020. The White House is hoping to pair with large U.S. corporations to advance the effort. It said companies including PG&E Corp. (PCG), Gap Inc. (GPS), McDonalds Corp....
  • At City College (of San Francisco), a Battle Over Remedial Classes for English and Math

    06/25/2010 6:36:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 24, 2010 | CAROL POGASH
    At City College of San Francisco, one of the country’s largest public universities, thousands of struggling students pour into remedial English and math classes — and then the vast majority disappear, never to receive a college degree. When Steve Ngo, a 33-year-old college trustee, learned that many minority students, among others, faced two-and-a-half years, or five semesters, of remedial English classes and a year and a half of math at the two-year college, he was shocked into action. His campaign for a one-year sequence of remedial courses ignited a campus furor, with students and a few trustees on one side...
  • High Schools to Offer Plan to Graduate 2 Years Early

    02/18/2010 1:59:08 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 64 replies · 1,362+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 17, 2010 | By SAM DILLON
    Dozens of public high schools in eight states will introduce a program next year allowing 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college.
  • How Green Was My Community College

    02/01/2010 8:06:54 AM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 225+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 1, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    How Green Was My Community College Malcolm A. Kline, February 1, 2010 Malcolm A. Kline As the commander-in-chief put the finishing touches on his state of the union address, the second lady did a warm-up act for him at his favorite think tank. “The president has proposed the biggest increase in spending on community colleges in 50 years,” Dr. Jill Biden told the audience at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on the morning before the chief executive gave his annual report. Dr. Biden currently teaches at Northern Virginia Community College. “Community colleges will enable us to expand our green...
  • Collegial Collusion

    01/26/2010 10:19:30 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 234+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | January 26, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Collegial Collusion Bethany Stotts, January 26, 2010 The Chronicle of Higher Education reported yesterday that the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has decided to cancel an online Ph.D. program for community college administrators because it competes with Morgan State University, a public, historically black institution which offers a similar Ph.D. program. Chronicle writer Marc Parry explains, Last week, 25 new students began training at University of Maryland University College to become community-college administrators. But none of them live in Maryland. In fact, the university has been barred from offering this online doctoral degree to state residents. The bizarre situation...
  • Shots Fired on Virginia College Campus (Gunman in custody)

    12/08/2009 3:08:24 PM PST · by RDTF · 22 replies · 982+ views
    Fox ^ | Dec 8, 2009
    WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Prince William County Police say they have one man in custody on the Northern Virginia Community College Woodbridge campus after shots were fired in a classroom. The campus was placed on emergency lockdown, but no injuries were reported. According to investigators, they were notified around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday of a student who was armed with a gun on the campus. Officers responded to the scene, and the college was put on lockdown. A Prince William County Police spokesperson says the gunman, who is a male student, went into a classroom and pointed a gun at a female...
  • Obama Plans Community-College Initiative

    07/14/2009 8:52:23 AM PDT · by freed0misntfree · 15 replies · 622+ views
    WSJ ^ | 07/14/09
    President Barack Obama plans to announce a community-college initiative designed to boost graduation rates, improve facilities and develop new technology. The effort will involve $12 billion in spending spread over the next 10 years. While small compared to the $100 billion in stimulus money the Obama administration has to spend on education, it would mark a substantive increase in direct federal spending on community colleges. A recent report by the Brookings Institution, a liberal think tank, estimated the federal government provides community colleges with about $2 billion a year in direct support, about a tenth of what it spends on...
  • Can Community Colleges Save the U.S. Economy?

    07/11/2009 7:37:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies · 691+ views
    TIME ^ | 7/10/2009 | Laura Fitzpatrick
    Community colleges are deeply unsexy. This fact tends to make even the biggest advocates of these two-year schools — which educate nearly half of U.S. undergraduates — sound defensive, almost a tad whiny. "We don't have the bands. We don't have the football teams that everybody wants to boost," says Stephen Kinslow, president of Texas' Austin Community College (ACC). "Most people don't understand community colleges very well at all." And by "most people," he means the graduates of fancy four-year schools who get elected and set budget priorities. Many politicians and their well-heeled constituents may be under the impression that...
  • 4 arrested in kidnap plot

    05/11/2009 5:45:02 AM PDT · by tm61 · 19 replies · 1,356+ views
    Roanoke.com ^ | 5/9/2009 | Amanda Codispoti
    Four men accused of planning to kidnap two Roanoke County women and hold them for ransom were indicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. Joshua Kasongo, 19, of Roanoke; Mohammed Hussein Guhad, 19, of Roanoke; Luke Musa Elbino, 19, of Vinton; and Anthony Eugene Muse, 18, of Roanoke are each charged with conspiring to kidnap and attempted kidnapping. Guhad and Muse are students at Patrick Henry High School. Elbino is a student at Virginia Western Community College.
  • KCTCS ends tenure for new faculty

    05/01/2009 2:41:36 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 591+ views
    Herald Leader ^ | March 14th | Jim Warren
    VERSAILLES — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System's governing board voted Friday to abolish tenure for all new faculty members. Under the policy, all faculty members hired on or after July 1 will be employed on a contractual basis, without tenure. Tenured teachers already on faculty at the system's 16 schools will not be affected. The move isn't going down well with many of those teachers. Faculty members from several community colleges turned out at KCTCS headquarters to oppose the new policy, some carrying signs saying "Keep Tenure."