Month: April 2015

Community Colleges Battle Head On With Universities

From Inside Higher Education. SAN ANTONIO — Community colleges are learning that getting the authorization to offer four-year degrees doesn’t mean the struggle is over. Twenty-two states allow community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees, and many administrators believe that number will grow. During the 2015 American Association of Community Colleges annual meeting here, many of those administrators said they are working to convince the public and their counterparts in the four-year community of the benefits of offering a four-year program — and that they continue to face limits and opposition. Florida has allowed community colleges to confer four-year degrees for years, yet last …

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CaliforniaColleges.edu Announces New Webinars

  CaliforniaColleges.edu is the one-stop website for information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. It has been developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (A I C C U), and the California Department of Education. CaliforniaColleges.edu includes the following features: Explore Colleges and Careers Explore the full range of accredited public and non-profit colleges and universities in California and nationwide Determine the careers that best match your skills and interests Match schools and majors with your career interests Plan and Pay for College See …

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NCLB Rewrite Lacks Safeguards for Low-Performing Schools

(repost from Alliance for Excellent Education blog) Tuesday could mark the beginning of the end for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and its one-size fits all mandates. That is the good news. The bad news is that the bipartisan bill that the Senate education committee will take up on Tuesday could start a major retreat from the recent historic increases in high school graduation rates. For this reason and others, the bill should not become law without major improvements. Offered by committee leaders U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the bipartisan bill to rewrite NCLB …

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Grants to CA Students Who Finish in Four Years

A state senator from San Diego has proposed a plan to put more money into California’s higher education system and perhaps stop a proposed student tuition hike at University of California campuses. Democrat Sen. Marty Block’s Senate Bill 15 will be heard by the Senate Education Committee on April 8. Block is proposing to use money from the general fund to provide $25 million to the University of California and the California State University systems to offer more classes. He wants another $50 million for each system to provide more student support services to ensure students graduate within four years. On top …

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Transform Your Tax Refund Into Bright College Future

Now that tax season is upon us, use this time to review your college savings goals and take another look at your savings strategy. Saving now can make for a brighter future later. So, as you gather up your W2 and other tax-related materials, consider opening or making a contribution to a ScholarShare account. ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, can provide parents and relatives – anyone saving for a child’s college education – with valuable tax advantages. Consider putting your tax refund to work in three simple ways: Have the Franchise Tax Board deposit some or all of your …

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