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December 12, 2011

Aspen Institute Honors Top Community Colleges With Prize

The winners of the first Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence were announced in Washington this afternoon. Valencia College in Orlando, Fla., won the top honor and $600,000. The college, which has 70,000 students on eight campuses, was recognized for its high completion rates, employment o...

December 12, 2011

Report Shows Dual Enrollment Best When on College Campus

High school students can benefit from dual enrollment in college-level courses, but how much depends on the content of the course and where it takes place. New research from the National Center for Postsecondary Research at Teachers College, Columbia University shows dual enrollment has strong pos...

December 08, 2011

Lack of Funding and Planning Hurts College Access, Completion

Continued state budget cuts, increased enrollment, rising tuition, and lack of long-term planning paint a dim picture for higher education in a new report released today from the University of Alabama's Education Policy Center. "It seems like an almost impossible task to increase the college-comple...

December 06, 2011

Income and Gender Gap in College Attainment Widens

Your odds of going to college and finishing are much greater if you are a woman and from a family with money. While not particularly a news flash to many, a study by University of Michigan researchers traces these trends back more than 70 years and documents growing gaps in attainment by income and ...

November 30, 2011

Call for Colleges to Contain Costs Takes Center Stage

Talk of containing the soaring cost of college took center stage yesterday and today in a speech by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and in a hearing on Capitol Hill. Yesterday, Duncan spoke at the Federal Student Aid conference in Las Vegas and challenged colleges to do more to be innovativ...

November 29, 2011

Report Sheds Light on Factors Influencing College Graduation

A report out today looks at just who is getting a college degree, offering schools insight into the factors that lead to success and ways to better serve students. Completing College: Assessing Graduation Rates at Four-Year Institutions by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University o...

November 23, 2011

De-Stress Over the Holidays With Seniors and College Students

Word to the wise, parents: Your vision of the Thanksgiving holiday may be different from that of your high school senior or returning college student. While there may well be relaxing times feasting around the dinner table or watching a football game, your kids will likely have a different agenda no...

November 10, 2011

Europe and U.S. Share Vision and Challenge for College Goals

Common themes on college completion challenges emerge at a U.S-European Union forum that brought together about 25 education officials from Europe and the United States.

November 09, 2011

Young Adults Realize Importance of College, But Balk at Costs

A survey out today of young people ages 18 to 34 shows they embrace the value of a college education, but are frustrated with the rising cost of tuition and increased debt they take on to afford it. The nationwide, bipartisan survey was commissioned by the The Institute for College Access and Succe...

November 01, 2011

California Looks at Ways to Up Community College Completion

Since California is often a step ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to everything from trends to public policy, it may be smart to follow the discussion happening there about community college completion. A Student Success Task Force has produced a draft report with 23 recommendations ...

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