Community College News Now
by Mike Cason

An accrediting organization placed Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City on probation last week because of some financial issues. Central Alabama retains its accreditation during the 12-month probation, which was announced by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Central Alabama President Susan Burrow said the probation is the result of […]

Read more
by Sydney Johnson

The college affordability crisis has gained much attention in recent years, yet prices continue to climb. Tuition increased 89 percent from 2002 to 2012, and textbook prices—which cost anywhere from $600 to $1300 today—rose 82 percent over the same period, according to U.S. Government Accountability Office. The prices keep many students, particularly those from low-income […]

Read more
by Jeff Charis-Carlson

CEDAR RAPIDS — President Trump singled out the agricultural studies program at Kirkwood Community College as an example of his plans for equipping Americans to find better jobs and better lives. “I now know more about farming than I ever thought I would,” Trump joked Wednesday to a crowd of about 250 after a short […]

Read more
by Barry Carter

On June 8, Lisa Durden, a producer, filmmaker and media commentator, arrived at Essex County College in Newark to teach her speech class. It was the closing days of the summer session and Durden was already set for the fall semester. She was listed as a returning adjunct professor to teach mass communication and popular […]

Read more


Skip the Question

Skip the Question

by Anne Michaud

Applying to college requires providing a colossal amount of information. There’s one question that, more than most, causes many would-be students to give up: Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Checking “yes” on the box while applying to one of the State University of New York’s 64 campuses has meant receiving another slew […]

Proving Them Wrong

by DeRionne Pollard

In a nation where 6 million jobs are unfilled for lack of trained workers and businesses clamor for more technical education, apprenticeships and workforce training, I was startled to hear White House counselor Kellyanne Conway comment that “not everyone is college material.” Perhaps some disconnect is to blame — a disconnect between 21st-century community colleges […]

Ending the Curse of Remedial Math

by David L. Kirp

Can you simplify this square root?” Erica Fells asks her class, and hands wave in the air. All but one of the students believe that it’s impossible to do so. The dissenter, Leslie Alcantara, lays out her argument. “What do the rest of you think of Leslie’s reasoning?” Ms. Fells asks, and after some back-and-forth, […]