community colleges

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    Performance Based Budgeting with Community Colleges

    It’s budget time, and its when state agencies should start looking at performance standards when asking for budget changes.  The NC Community College System serves a large number of students and are located across the state.  While none would argue their importance to our state, maybe their performance should play…
    Sarah Curry, February 24, 2015
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    President Obama released his “free” community college proposal

    President Obama has announced that he has a proposal to make community college tuition free.  The Washington Post has an article written by two economics professors that look into the idea of “free” community college tuition as proposed by President Obama, and they also looked at…
    Sarah Curry, January 15, 2015
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    Real Reform vs. “Throw Money At It”

    In an article for the Pope Center today, Jay Schalin examines the higher education policy ideas of North Carolina’s two major gubernatorial candidates, Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton. Jay says that although both have some good ideas, McCrory clearly has the better vision for moving public higher education forward.
    Duke Cheston, October 22, 2012
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    Community colleges and employment outcomes

    The Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) will fund 12 research projects that examine “relations between postsecondary education, including education and training prior to the bachelor‘s degree level, and employment outcomes.”  North Carolina will be a site of the first project.  Arne Kalleberg of the University…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2011
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    Steve Jobs: Engineering skills plentiful in China

    In a post on Community College Spotlight, Joanne Jacobs pulled an interesting quote from Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Apple had 700,000 factory workers employed in China, he said, and that was because it needed 30,000 engineers on-site to support those workers. ‘You can’t…
    Terry Stoops, November 3, 2011
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    Graduation rates: The big picture

    Charlotte Observer columnist Fannie Flono offers an overview of graduation rate differences among racial and ethnic subgroups, and based on this data, she concludes that “We – as a community and a state – must do a lot more to make sure all students get that diploma.” According to…
    Terry Stoops, October 31, 2011
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    Community college attrition costs NC millions

    In a new report on community college attrition, researchers from the American Institutes of Research estimated that, between 2004 and 2009, North Carolina taxpayers surrendered $150 million to first-year community college students that subsequently dropped out. In total, almost $4 billion in federal, state, and local taxpayer monies in…
    Terry Stoops, October 20, 2011