Community College News
- What are the Biggest Issues Facing Community Colleges Today? New Study has Answers
- Arizona Community Colleges Defunded: What Students Need to Know
- North Carolina Community Colleges: Pioneering Increased Enrollment and Early Graduation Rates
- More Latinos are Heading to Community College, but Facing Challenges along the Way
- Who Will Lead Community Colleges into the Future?
The website for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) explains that the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was first launched in 2006 to showcase the “role colleges and universities play in solving community problems” and to get more students started on a “lifelong path of civic engagement.” Originally inspired by the service of college students nationwide after Hurricane Katrina, the honor roll strives to recognize schools that “achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.”
California Students Protest Tuition Hikes, Education Cuts
On the west coast, college students have come out in droves to protest deep state budget cuts that have resulted in higher tuition rates and cuts to classes and student services. The UC Berkeley News Center reports that an estimated 8,000 students flocked to Sacramento earlier this month to stage a mass demonstration on the steps of the state capitol. The crowd included students, faculty and administrative staff from the state’s universities and community colleges.
The Importance of Accreditation
According to the website for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, accreditation is a “voluntary activity initiated by the institution” that “emphasizes quality assurance and a commitment to continuous quality enhancement.” Accreditation can be important to an institution because it plays a factor in the following:
- Determining whether the school meets minimum quality standards
- Providing potential students with important information about a school
- Assisting in the determination of credit transfers between schools
- Showing prospective employers the value of the education received at the school
- Evaluating eligibility for tuition reimbursement programs offered by employers
- Enabling graduates to sit for certification examinations
- Creating goals for self-improvement of the institution
- Providing self-assessment for the oversight functions required by the state
- Offering a basis for determining federal student assistance
What the President Said
According to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education, President Obama focused on the plight facing many hard-working Americans who are unable to “enjoy the American Dream” the way previous generations have. The Presidents referred to the problem as “the defining issue of our time,” and stated in his speech, “We shouldn’t settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of Americans barely get by.” The president called for “an economy where everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”
The New Agreement
According to a local article in the Washington Post, the agreement between the Virginia Foundations for Community College Education and the India-based Wadhwani Foundation will enable the American colleges to promote skills-based training overseas. Community colleges in this country specialize in such post-secondary education, preparing students of all ages for specific career paths. However, India schools have not been equipped to provide their growing middle class with the same benefits skills-based training offers, until the Wadhwani Foundation made education a priority in improving the standard of living in that country.