Report: Most community-college transfers earn four-year degrees | Military personnel find more veteran-friendly colleges | Community colleges grow more popular among students
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November 21, 2012
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Report: Most community-college transfers earn four-year degrees
Students who transfer from community colleges often perform well at four-year institutions, according to a report by The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report shows that among students who transfer with an associate degree, a little more than 70% earned a four-year degree within the traditional four years, and among all community-college transfers, with and without degrees, 60% earned a four-year degree in that time frame. Education Week/College Bound blog (11/8)
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Military personnel find more veteran-friendly colleges
A growing number of colleges and universities are offering courses exclusively to military veterans. Such courses aim to help veterans make the transition back to the classroom while also accounting for their specific needs. Among them is George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which offers a writing seminar for veterans. The courses, however, have drawn criticism from some who question whether separate classes are the right move for individuals who already may feel isolated. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (10/28)
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Leadership Spotlight
Colleges increase focus on adjunct faculty
In higher education, there is an increasing focus on pay, working conditions and other issues surrounding adjunct faculty members. In response, some colleges have begun to focus more on supporting these staff members. One college opened the Adjunct Faculty Center, which provides structured training and other resources for adjunct faculty. Community College Week (11/12)
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Why faculty should consider improvements to tenure
Chris Palmer, a film producer in residence and director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University, writes in this opinion piece that the tenure system in place in most colleges and universities can be improved. While there are some benefits to the system, he writes that offering professors "lifelong job security removes the incentive for high performance." He urges professors to work together to improve the system. InsideHigherEd.com (11/16)
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Financial Focus
Grant helps implement 'reverse transfer' practice
Twelve states, including Ohio, will share in a $6.4 million grant intended to help students earn an associate's degree if they earned the necessary credits while working toward a bachelor's degree. Officials say the program is important for students who drop out of four-year institutions before earning a degree. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (10/31)
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Grant funding helps veterans earn college degrees
A new AmeriCorps program will be established in New Mexico to help military veterans earn college degrees. The program, which will pair veterans with college graduates, is funded through an $85,000 grant to the New Mexico College Access Network. American City Business Journals (11/7)
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Eye on Policy
University to develop national model for community-college transfers
Students who begin their science, technology, engineering and math education in community college sometimes face the challenge of transferring classes to a university and staying on schedule for graduation. The University of Maryland Baltimore County has plans to create a national framework for improving the coordination between colleges and universities and streamlining opportunities for these students. InsideHigherEd.com (11/1)
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In the Community
Imagining the future of higher education
Experts and observers say that technology will have a major role in shaping the future of higher education -- easing concerns about cost and accessibility. However, there remains a divide between those who favor the traditional model and those who want an increased use of technology to help students learn. GovTech.com (11/1)
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Strayer News
Strayer University hosts panel discussion in honor of 120th anniversary
Strayer University hosted the panel discussion, "Building Tomorrow's Workforce Today: The Role of Higher Education in a Global Economy." Some of the country's top business and education experts from Georgetown University, the Lumina Foundation, FedEx Express and Prince George's Community College were on hand to discuss important issues and to offer informed insight in regard to increasing college-to-career readiness for traditional and nontraditional students. Learn more.
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Strayer University welcomes 14th president
Strayer University celebrated another major milestone in its rich history by investing Dr. Michael Plater as the 14th president. As Strayer University's president, Dr. Plater is tasked with overseeing the many leaders who manage the University's academic programs, faculty and student affairs, as well as the University's four schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education and School of Information Systems and Technology. Learn more.
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