important facts about community college

- just as much of a quality education as you would get at a state school or uni 

- much more affordable 

- usually more night classes that make going to school while working and/or taking care of kids much easier 

- transfer students actually have a higher graduation rate than students who have been at a university all 4 years 

- there is nothing wrong with aspiring to go to a community college 

- there is nothing wrong with being proud of attending a community college 

- there is absolutely nothing wrong with community college 

High schools around the country are increasingly turning to external, for-profit providers for “online credit recovery.” These courses, taken on a computer, offer students who have failed a course a second chance to earn credits they need for graduation, whether after school, in the summer or during the school year.

In some districts, it’s an important part of efforts to raise graduation rates, as we wrote about in our Graduation Rates project last year.

Today, the first large-scale, randomized controlled trial of student performance in these courses is out from the American Institutes of Research, and the news is not great. AIR followed 1,224 freshmen in the Chicago public schools, randomly assigned in the summers of 2011 and 2012 to retake second-semester algebra either face-to-face or on a computer.

Research Finds Poor Outcomes For Students Who Retake Courses Online

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Arizona’s law banning Mexican-American studies is constitutional, judge rules
February 25, 2014

A court upheld most provisions of an Arizona state law used to prohibit a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson on Friday.

The ruling dealt a blow to supporters of the suspended classes, who had hoped the courts would overturn a 2010 law championed by Arizona conservatives determined to shut down the unconventional courses.

“I was really surprised at the decision,” Jose Gonzalez, a former teacher of Tucson’s suspended Mexican-American Studies classes, told The Huffington Post. “But as a student and teacher of history, I know in civil rights cases like this there’s always setbacks.”

The experimental Tucson curriculum was offered to students in different forms in some of the local elementary, middle and high schools. It emphasized critical thinking and focused on Mexican-American literature and perspectives. Supporters lauded the program, pointing to increased graduation rates, high student achievement and a state-commissioned independent audit that recommended expanding the classes.

But conservative opponents accused the teachers of encouraging students to adopt left-wing ideas and resent white people, a charge the teachers deny. Aiming squarely at Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program, the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 – a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.

Federal Judge Wallace Tashima said the plaintiffs failed to show the law was too vague, broad or discriminatory, or that it violated students’ first amendment rights.

The news wasn’t all bad for supporters of the suspended classes. Tashima ruled that the section of the law prohibiting courses tailored to serve students of a particular ethnicity was unconstitutional.

Originally filed in October of 2010 on behalf of the program’s former teachers, who lost standing because they are public employees, the case is currently brought by former Mexican-American Studies student Nicholas Dominguez and his mother Margarita Dominguez. They will likely appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals within the next 30 days, their lawyer Richard Martinez told The Huffington Post.

“This case is not over,” Martinez said. “It’s not only important to Arizona, but to the country as a whole that this statute be addressed.”

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne began a campaign to eliminate the Mexican-American Studies program from Tucson Unified School District in 2006, when he was serving as the state’s Superintendent of Public Education.

Angered that Mexican-American civil rights leader Dolores Huerta had said that “Republicans hate Latinos” in a speech to Tucson students, Horne sent Deputy Superintendent Margaret Dugan, a Latina Republican, to give an alternate view. But the intellectual exercise turned confrontational when students, who said they were not allowed to ask Dugan questions, sealed their mouths with tape and walked out of the assembly room.

“As superintendent of schools, I have visited over 1,000 schools and I’ve never seen students be disrespectful to a teacher in that way,” Horne said in an interview last year.

The final product of his efforts was House Bill 2281, which then-State Sen. John Huppenthal ® helped pilot through the Arizona legislature. Huppenthal, who succeeded Horne as state superintendent of schools, then found Tucson out of compliance with the new law and ordered the district to shut Mexican-American Studies down or lose 10 percent of its annual funding – some $14 million over the fiscal year. In January of 2012, the school board complied, voting 4 to 1 to discontinue the classes.

The decision drew national attention as administrators plucked Latino literature that once belonged to the curriculum from classrooms, explicitly banning seven titles from instruction.

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The Brown Berets, or “Los Boinas Marrones,” openly call for Chicano Power, which they articulate as a call for freedom, prosperity, and peace for Chicano people. The Brown Berets have been active across a range of specific issues important to Chicano communities, including efforts to promote educational equality, immigrant rights and marches against police brutality.

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Harris Rosen has donated millions to pay college tuition for nearly 200 teens in Florida’s Tangelo Park. Since he’s adopted the neighborhood, the crime rate has been cut in half and the high school graduation rate is up 75%. Source

Sean Anderson Foundation donated $25,000 to Wayne State University’s HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher). The money was given to “provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations”.  

The mother of Big Sean, Myra Anderson, is the president of the foundation and spoke to how they hope to improve students’ lives:

“We see the HIGH Program as an important component of ensuring success at Wayne State, and we are proud to help strengthen its mission,” she said in a statement. “We aim to boost graduation rates at the university by providing support to students facing hardship.”

Big Sean is a native Detroiter who does the job our gov’t refuses to do. He cares about students and youth and supports them in any way possible.


For-profit colleges have a much lower completion rate than Public and Non-Profit institutions, and more often than not, their students are left with massive amounts of debt and useless degrees. The Department of Education is looking to rein in some of the worst abuses in the for-profit college industry, but the Republicans in the House are trying to shut down their investigation, leaving students without the most basic protections.

Higher education students need access to affordable degrees and certificate programs that lead directly to good jobs – not marketing scams and strong arm tactics. 


The Book Cops of Delaware

Master Cpl. Gary Tabor of the Wilmington, Delaware police department had been in plenty of homes during his time in the major crimes unit and he realized there was at least one common denominator - the lack of books in the home. Then he heard about the correlation between books in the home and higher graduation rates from high school and the light went on and “The Book ‘Em Cops and Kids Literacy Initiative” was born.

Since the program began almost 6,000 books have been distributed for free and for many of the kids it is the first book they ever owned!

Proactive policing at its finest and really good to see. The program which started with Tabor now includes 20 officers. The books are donated by the community including 1,000 of which were recently collected in a book drive by a local elementary school.  Story, with video, at delaware online


Meanwhile, Mexican-Americans’ high school graduation rate was more than double that of their parents, and their college graduation rate more than doubled that of their fathers and tripled that of their mothers. According to Lee, the results are clear: When success is measured as progress from generation to generation, Mexican-Americans come out on top.

From Why Mexicans are the Most Successful Immigrants in America.

A new study from UC Irvine and UCLA examines how we frame success.

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Being the First College Student in Your Family Isn’t a Ticket To Success

College is often referred to as the best four years of your life, but this glib phrase can mask the difficulties that many students, particularly first-generation college students, face when attempting to earn and pay for a degree: only 11 percent of first-generation, low-income college students receive a degree within six years of enrollment.

This data, provided by a Pell Institute Fact Sheet last updated in 2011, also reports that the degree attainment rate for students who are neither low-income nor first-generation is 54 percent. Both percentages suggest that much remains to be done in terms of preparing and supporting future and current college students. Often, the focus is centered on getting into college—why isn’t there the same level of discussion about the challenges that many students face in the pursuit of their degrees?

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“Black people can’t be pilots, find another job”
“Aren’t you scared?”
“You’re tall, you GOTTA be playing football or basketball right?”
“What you’re studying is too hard, you should try changing majors”

The statements above are only a few that I’ve heard over the last 4 years at an institution were I saw 80% of my freshman classmates drop out or transfer after the first year, and a school that holds only a 52% graduation rate overall. I’m happy to say that I’ve made it, and in 4 months I will be a proud alumni of the #1 Aviation University in the World, Go Eagles!

Young black women have increased their high school graduation rate by 63 percent over the past 50 years, more than tripling it and “virtually eliminating the gap with Asian women (down to 2%), and significantly narrowing the gap with white women (7%),