Wednesday, December 3, 2014

We Have Allowed Community Colleges To Become Separate And Unequal

By Tyler Kingkade, The Huffington Post, 10/06/2014

Vladimir de Jesus is an art major at LaGuardia Community College in New York City. After six years in school, he still doesn't yet have an associate's degree. In a new mini-documentary, the New York Times profiles de Jesus, 23, who the newspaper writes has amassed "fewer than half of the credits he needed to progress to a four-year college" in more than half a decade. Of course, trouble with getting community college students to graduate isn't necessarily new.   Read more...

Is Lecturing Culturally Biased?  Edutopia, Nov 5, 2014
Article submitted to CTL News by Jia Oak-Baker, PV Adjunct Faculty
For years, politicians and policy makers have cried out for more students to complete STEM degrees to improve the nation's workforce. According to a Department of Education statistical analysis report (PDF, 1.6MB), nearly half (48 percent) of the undergraduates pursuing STEM degrees between 2003 and 2009 dropped that major -- and there are whole white papers trying to figure out why (PDF, 3.1MB). Some of the hypotheses proposed are an unwelcoming science culture and uninspired introductory classes. A recent study in the journal of CBE Life Sciences Education adds one more: lecture halls aren't the way to get minority students to keep taking science courses. Read more...