Math Remediation Stalls for Students at Low End

A new study from the Community College Research Center suggests that, for students with the lowest preparation in math, the longest developmental sequence offers little benefit and may even reduce the likelihood of earning a degree to certificate within four years. Here is the abstract. This study is one of the first attempts to compare the […]

Negative Consequences of Performance Funding

Texas and 34 other states tie some level of funding for public colleges to metrics such as graduation rates or degree production. And the Higher Education Act rewrite the GOP is advancing in the U.S. House of Representatives also includes aspects of performance funding by requiring that 25 percent of students at minority-serving institutions must complete in order […]

National Completion Rates Rise Again

The national college completion rate increased 2.1 percentage points compared to last year, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a nonprofit that tracks the progress of almost all U.S. college students. It’s covered by Paul Fain, in Inside Higher Ed. The six-year completion rate for students who enrolled in college in the fall […]

Measuring Successful Transfers

Texas higher education has improved its performance with successful transfers of community college students to universities, through articulation agreements, core curricula, improved advising, and Guided Pathways. However, many students still report the loss of credits when they make the switch. As we all know, when students change their minds mid-stream, it can affect the statistics […]

New Federal Metrics Analyzed

The U.S. Department of Education released this fall a new set of metrics, known as Outcome Measures (OM), for all postsecondary institutions. The new Outcome Measures are an improvement on the statutorily defined completion measures that were collected only for students who began their postsecondary education at an institution and enrolled full-time. They broaden the […]

Facing Anxiety

Final exams can bring on anxiety in students, especially for individuals prone to the disorder. The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a piece by Julia Schmalz, has assembled videos of affected students at universities around the country who discuss this issue forthrightly. As we all know, community college students can also suffer from anxiety, so […]

The Tax Overhaul and Community Colleges

Most media coverage concerning the proposed tax overhaul now pending in the U.S. House and Senate, and its potential effects upon higher education, has focused on graduate students at universities around the country. But community colleges and their students may also be affected adversely, especially if tax credits for tuition and fees are taken away, […]

When Texting Young Students

Many of our students are teenagers, and an increasing number are not legal adults, thanks to the expansion of dual credit programs. Couple this situation with college strategies to keep students engaged with their school using social media, and you have the potential for unfortunate things, even with students who are much older. An article […]

Books Netflix Style

Cengage, the publisher and technology company, is introducing a subscription service that will enable students to access its entire digital portfolio for one set price, no matter how many products they use, as reported  by Lindsay McKenzie, in Inside Higher Ed. The new offer, called Cengage Unlimited, will give students access to more than 20,000 Cengage […]