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VOLUME 5, ISSUE 21 - November 29, 2015 
In This Issue



11/23/2015: Arne Duncan Pinpoints Where Schools Fail, The Wall Street Journal - Mr. Duncan discussed other challenges in an interview with Wall Street Journal Deputy Editor in Chief Matt Murray. Among the topics discussed - regarding vocational training: "good jobs available with two-year community college degrees" and promoting higher standards to ensure "when young people graduate from high school, they can walk into freshman year of college and not have to take high-school classes again."

11/20/2015: Community College Steps Up its Real Estate Game, by Carrie Rossenfeld, GlobeSt.com - For the San Diego Community College District, we were fortunate enough to have been able to purchase additional real estate to expand our City College and Continuing Education campuses, but most growth in the District was accomplished on existing real estate. Most community colleges will not have the capital to invest in new real estate and will have to repurpose existing real estate assets.

11/19/2015: Minnesota is the Second Smartest State in America, by Michael Rietmulder, City Pages - The Post whipped up an intelligence index based on old IQ scores from 2006, 2015 SAT and ACT scores, and the percentage of college graduates in each state. With IQ as the heaviest weighted figure, Minnesotans came in ahead of New Hampshire, Connecticut, and lowly No. 5 Wisconsin.

11/19/2015: What the Stigma of Blue-collar Jobs is Doing to Our Students, by Eric Schulzke, Deseret News National - Many have long argued that the emphasis on four-year college degrees has obscured high-value career paths that are more technical and hands on - but usually do not come with the prestige of a bachelor's degree.

11/19/2015:  Engagement Insights: Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education - Annual Results 2015, by Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) - Survey of four-year institutions says that "In 2015 we found that not all students were sufficiently challenged by their courses. For example, only 54% of first-year and 61% of senior students were highly challenged to do their best work."

11/18/2015: U.S. Colleges See A Big Bump In International Students, by Cory Turner, NPR Ed - The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities jumped last year - in a big way. It's up 10 percent, to roughly 975,000, according to a new report by the Institute of International Education and backed by the State Department.

11/17/2015: Federal Failures, Veterans' Needs, and The Role of the Community College, by George A. Baker, Community College Week - The media have rightly criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for failure to meet the needs of America's veterans as they relate to educational needs and disabilities. Meanwhile, thousands of veterans and their families must find a way to get good jobs, feed and clothe their families, and seek paths to the opportunity embodied in the Montgomery or the GI Bill. The average six-year investment of time to receive a four-year degree, stated on the VA website, would seem like a lifetime to these warriors who have experienced danger first-hand for our country.

11/17/2015: An Insider's View of Community College Reforms, by Jay Mathews, The Washington Post - Colleges need to do better with first-year students. But the college's leaders are pushing for bigger numbers - more students, more graduates and more funds - and that emphasis on growth does not always lead to more learning.

11/16/2015: The Crossing: An American Tradition, by Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque, HuffPost - She made it clear, that the coveted college diploma, that has meant access to a different future from that of their parents for thousands of immigrants before her, was not just a prize earned by the individual but a communal achievement made possible by fathers, mothers, and extended family members who willingly faced physical danger and the brunt of social and institutional racism in hopes that the youngest among them could carve a different life for themselves.

08/18/2015: 20 Things That Today's College Freshmen Grew Up With: Beloit Mindset List, by Tyler Kingkade, HuffPost College - "They will encounter difficult discussions about privilege, race, and sexual assault on campus," Charles Westerberg, director of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center and a sociology professor at Beloit, said in a news release. "They may think of the 'last century' as the twentieth, not the nineteenth, so they will need ever wider perspectives about the burgeoning mass of information that will be heading their way. And they will need a keen ability to decipher what is the same and what has changed with respect to many of these issues."

07/21/2015: Social Media Is Changing How College Students Deal With Mental Health, For Better Or Worse, by Riley Griffin, HuffPost College - College students today are more detached from their peers than ever before. Research shows they're less likely to have tangible relationships; enter college having spent less time socializing as teens; are more likely to be heavily medicated; and feel a greater pressure to be academically and socially successful than in the past.

05/07/2015: Decade Of Change For College Students: Less Religious, More Diverse And Lonely, by Tyler Kingkade, HuffPost - America's college students have become less religious, more stressed and overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality over the past decade. Campus life has grown more complicated, with soaring complaints of sexual violence and students so captivated by social media that they're hanging out less with friends. And, with many students now burdened by a lifetime of student loan payments, graduation no longer provides a tidy passage from school to career.
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11/17/2015: What Colleges Do for Local Economies: A Direct Measure Based on Consumption, by Jonathan Rothwell, Brookings - Most economists and policymakers know that people who complete a college degree tend to earn more than people who have not attended college. Yet they often overlook the fact that these benefits extend beyond individual workers. The college earnings advantage also leads to greater economic activity, fueling prosperity at the regional and national levels.

01/2015: A New Majority Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation's Public Schools, Southern Education Foundation (SEF) - For the first time in recent history, a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation's public schools come from low income families. The latest data collected from the states by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), evidence that 51 percent of the students across the nation's public schools were low income in 2013. The pattern was spread across the nation. Half or more of the public schoolchildren in 21 states were eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches, a benefit available only to families living in poverty or near-poverty in 2013.

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Online Education
11/19/2015: Dr. Linda Thor Receives WCET's Top Award for E-Learning Leadership, PRWeb - The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies is pleased to announce that Dr. Linda Thor, chancellor emeritus of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, has been honored with the Richard Jonsen Award at their 27th Annual Meeting in Denver, CO on November 11, 2015. The Richard Jonsen Award is given annually to a WCET member whose career has been committed to improving postsecondary educational programs and services through innovative uses of technology as well as for exceptional service to WCET. 

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11/17/2015: Online Skills Are Hot, But Will They Land You a Job?, by Lauren Weber, The Wall Street Journal - New credentials don't carry much weight in hiring yet, recruiters say, because managers don't trust or recognize many of the companies and organizations behind the badges and courses.

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College Readiness
11/19/2015: MnSCU Sticks With College Board Student Readiness Test, Prairie Business Magazine - Ron Anderson, vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, said Accuplacer is the best tool available. He noted the College Board was the only bidder as its historical competitor, ACT, is phasing out Compass, its college-placement test.

11/19/2015: College Prep is Happening, by William L. Yerman, The Baltimore Sun - Roger Schulman's commentary, "Preparing Baltimore students for college" (Nov. 17), presents a number of promising solutions for taking steps to resolve a persistent and serious problem - city students continue to face considerable challenges preparing for a future after high school.

11/2015: Building A Bright Future, by Corrie Schoenberg, Fund for Educational Excellence - Many of our students face significant challenges in their everyday lives, so how do we ensure that they stay on-track to graduate from high school prepared to be successful in college? We should start early. The earlier we begin to monitor their readiness and intervene with students who have fallen off-track, the better our chances.

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Remedial Education
11/10/2015: DevEd Design Principles Build Momentum for Scaling, Increase Student Success, Achieving the Dream - Six national organizations, including Achieving the Dream, announced the release of Core Principles for Transforming Remediation within a Comprehensive Student Success Strategy, a joint statement that gives community colleges guidance on creating systemic change in developmental education.

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College Completion
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11/17/2015: Despite Efforts to Increase Them, University Graduation Rates Fall, by Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report - In spite of years of efforts to raise them, including financial incentives for public colleges and universities, America's higher-education graduation rates are dropping at an accelerating rate, a new report shows.

10/2015: Talking Points: Decision Dilemmas, by Thomas R. Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) - Community colleges face a conundrum: They are providing more access to college for students of all backgrounds, but fewer are graduating. Fewer than 20 percent of first-time, full-time students graduate from the community college of their initial enrollment within three years. Some colleges have single-digit graduation rates. Even if students transfer, fewer than 40 percent of those who start at a community college complete a degree or certificate at any college within six years of initial enrollment. 
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Workforce Development
11/19/2015: Putting 'Community' into Community Colleges, by James Mayer, Capitol Weekly - The Board of Governors' decision - to endorse comprehensive recommendations to better align career technical education (CTE) programs with the workforce needs of California's employers - could be the linchpin in a more strategic statewide effort to reduce poverty and reverse the growing opportunity and income gaps.

11/18/2015: Plugging Apprenticeships to Plug the Skills Gap, by Lauren Camera, U.S. News and World Report - A new guide aims to help companies solve their workforce problems on their own.

11/17/2015: Iowa Contemplating Workforce Training Overhaul, by Barbara Rodriguez, Community College Week - Iowa's system for teaching career and technical training could be on the brink of a major overhaul thanks in part to a new report, but officials say it's too early to tell how much the potential changes could cost and who should pay for them.
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Technology Adoption
11/17/2015: Building for a Generation We'll Never See: Technology Change is Not Deja Vu, by Mary Gush, Campus Technology - To get some perspective on technology change for higher education, CT spoke with Ventura County Community College District's chancellor, Bernard Luskin.

11/11/2015: Making Campuses Safer With Smartphones, by David Raths, Campus Technology - With smartphones now ubiquitous on college campuses, more universities are finding ways to take advantage of their combination of communication and geo-location features to enhance campus safety instead of relying on "blue light" phones in fixed locations. And many campuses are building their own mobile apps, often partnering with entrepreneurial students to create cutting-edge, user-friendly tools.

11/09/2015: Responsive Web Design in Higher Ed, by Karen A. Wetzel, EducauseReview - People accessing higher education institutional sites from mobile devices often get their first impressions from that experience. A well-designed responsive site, transparently optimized for viewers, is needed to efficiently and proactively provide an effective user interface, regardless of device size and type.

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Data Analysis & Assessment
09/18/2015: Community College Leaders Say Data, Analytics Can Boost Student Success, by Justine Brown, Center for Digital Education - The effective use of data in community colleges can improve student engagement and outcomes, enable the analysis of workforce data, and advance institutional research, according to educational nonprofit Achieving the Dream and analytics software provider SAS.

09/14/2015: Leveraging Analytics in Community Colleges, by Treca Stark, EducauseReview - This literature review, list of definitions, and resources provide a guide for community college leaders evaluating analytics for their institutional technology to promote student success. In the end, a technology strategy inclusive of analytics and combined with an unwavering focus on student achievement might prove an essential precursor to student success at all colleges.

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Funding & Economics
11/19/2015: A Different Kind of Textbook Debt, by Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed - Renting textbooks is a popular option for frugal students, but one company has for years -- and without notice -- erroneously sent students to collection agencies, in some cases demanding hundreds of dollars in replacement fees.

11/18/2015: What Parents Will Give Up to Pay for Kids' College, by Kim Clark, Money - In a survey of 445 parents of high school students age 15 to 18 conducted by MONEY and Kaplan Test Prep, 62% said paying tuition would mean "significant financial sacrifices." But parents also expect their children to pitch in: Nearly two-thirds say they expect their student to work at least part-time to pay for some of the tuition.

11/18/2015: The 40 Most Affordable Colleges for Low-Income Students, by Kim Clark, Money - A new benchmark indicates that comparatively few good colleges are fully affordable for the approximately 15 million families earning less than about $48,000. That group makes up more than one-third of all families with children under the age of 18.

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Transfer & Articulation
11/18/2015: Strengthening the Transfer Pathway, Edvance Foundation - As part of its program planning, the Edvance Foundation surveyed the literature, examined prevailing and best practices, and initiated an 18-state listening tour, panel discussions, and webinar series with higher education leadership. More than 800 higher education leaders across the country participated in the listening tour.

11/17/2015: Guided Pathways for Transfer, by Matt Reed, Inside Higher Ed - When the loss of credits in transfer occurs between public institutions - say, a community college and a state university - taxpayers wind up paying twice for the same courses. It's a huge issue for students, but not only for students.  Everyone winds up paying for it, except maybe for the destination school.

11/17/2015: Moving Forward In Reverse, by Paul Bradley, Community College Week - To some in the ranks of academe, the growing reverse transfer trend is little more than a numbers game, a gimmick, an effort to boost graduation rates through statistical manipulation.

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