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President Obama offers free community college

President Obama recently proposed offering free tuition for two-year community college. The free tuition would be available for low-income students who maintain a good college GPA.

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

The goal of the proposal is to increase graduation rates of college students with some exposure to higher education, allow more students to transfer to four-year colleges and to prepare students for the modern job market. Some who criticize California community colleges say a nationwide program for free community college will not fare much better. Read more

Conferences discuss diverse issues in higher education

Each year there are numerous conferences that discuss diverse issues in higher education. Many are sponsored by associations of colleges and universities as well as government relations task forces that foster discussions of ways to improve access to college for all who want it, ensure college graduation, and provide employment opportunities.

(College tuition is one of many issues faced with higher education. (Credit: Jimmy Margulies)

(College tuition is one of many issues faced with higher education. (Credit: Jimmy Margulies)

Here are various conferences that encouraged policy changes to benefit college students. Read more

Millennials and higher education: Influence of a generation

The Millennial generation has been categorized and labeled, sometimes with good qualities and sometimes not. But many people are studying this generation born between 1980 and 2000. Millennials have been called entitled, well educated, ambitious, confident, sheltered, diverse, team-oriented and dependent and deferent to authority.

A cartoon's take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

A cartoon’s take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

Millennial college students have unique educational needs and opportunities in higher education. Here are some traits, influences and obstacles for the Millennial generation. (Disclaimer: This is a broad general characterization of an entire generation, which does not take into consideration individual traits or performances.) Read more

Pros and cons of teacher tenure for college students

The advantages and disadvantages of teacher tenure in higher education have been debated, but what about tenure’s effects on student success?

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Tenure in academics offers professors job security, yet critics complain they may become complacent. Do tenured professors spend too much time researching and not enough time teaching? Read more

Women in higher education: Gender inequality in academia

Although women used to be in the minority on college campuses, you’re sure to have noticed that in most schools its just the opposite now. Despite the dramatic increase in the number of women enrolled in colleges and universities around the world, there is still gross gender inequality when it comes to professional advancement of women in higher education.

MIT survey results

In 1999, MIT released a report on the status of women faculty that quantified the problem of gender inequality in academia and indicated several areas for improvement. The report was updated in 2002, and again in March 2011: A Report on the Status of Women Faculty in the Schools of Science and Engineering at MIT, 2011. The latter of these survey results showed a promising increase in the number of women professors. Read more