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Students in Tennessee and Chicago won’t have to wait for President Obama’s College Promise proposal for free community college to pass. The Chicago Star Scholarships and the Tennessee Promise program, both of which offer a serious financial break for college students, will kick off this fall, giving qualified applicants a chance to progress without the economic stress.

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Should Colleges Give Grades For Emotional Intelligence?

Asheville-Buncombe TCC plans to give grades on soft skills like getting along with others and being on time.


When we talk about educating our way out of the skills gap, the discussion tends to focus on how we funnel more students into science or technology majors or helping current workers gain in-demand skills. But companies aren't just looking for employees with specific content knowledge and skills. They want folks with "soft skills"—emotional intelligence and social graces—too. So if we need to educate and train the next generation to be ready for the 21st century workforce, should colleges be emphasizing and giving grades on those too?

That's the plan at North Carolina's Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. According to Inside Higher Ed, the school intends to give "workplace readiness certificates" to students who demonstrate mastery of soft skills.

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Inspire Community College Students to Pursue Their Dreams, Win a Scholarship

Who better to inspire students to stay in school than other students?



While there's plenty of attention paid to whether high school students graduate and head off to college, ensuring they actually finish their studies so they can pursue their dreams is just as crucial. What doesn't always help make that happen is forcing students to hear adults drone on and on about staying in school, so who better to inspire them to persist than their peers?

To that end, GOOD Maker has teamed up with Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that helps more community college students—particularly students from low income and minority backgrounds—stay in school and earn the credentials they need. For this challenge, Dream Big for College and Your Future, we're looking for video submissions from current Achieving the Dream community college students that tell inspiring, personal stories—like, what's your dream job and how's your school helping you get there—that'll help others stay on track.

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In Six States, Higher Education Is Getting a Tuneup

College courses and degree programs need to be clearer about what students will learn and be able to do after graduation.


What should America's students get out of their college education? It seems like a simple answer, yet few institutions seem to be able to agree on the knowledge and skills students need for success in career and life. But students, colleges, and the nation’s workforce can't afford the confusion any longer.

In an effort to streamline standards, colleges in seven states—Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas, and Utah—have joined in "Tuning USA," an initiative started by the Lumina Foundation, funded by both the Lumina and William and Flora Hewlett foundations, and led by the and implemented by the Institute for Evidence-Based Change. Tuning is a collaborative, faculty-led effort to establish clarity and consistency about what is taught on American college campuses. It sets standards for what students should know, understand, and accomplish as they progress toward their degrees. That means transparency about what students will learn in each course and how the credits add up to a degree that holds value in the job market, and it makes student transfers more seamless.

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Texas Billboards Blast Community Colleges for Low Graduation Rates

The Texas Association of Business is taking aim at low graduation rates in Austin and Dallas.



It's no secret that four-year universities are struggling to increase graduation rates, but the situation is even more dire at the nation's community colleges. According to federal data, only 22 percent of community college students complete their degrees within three years. Now, the Texas Association of Business is bringing attention to that state's dismal community college graduation rates through a series of billboards.

The latest ad, running in Dallas, blasts the Dallas County Community College District with the message "8% of DCCCD students graduate in 3 years. Is that fair to the students?" A similar billboard ran in Austin in October advertising that city's 4 percent community college graduation rate.

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Outsourcing Education: Does It Matter If Someone in India Corrected Your College Paper?

That paper you think was corrected by a professor actually might have been marked up by someone halfway across the globe.

Plenty of American businesses have outsourced jobs across the globe, and now colleges are jumping on the bandwagon. Colleges are hiring online "tutors" to check student work for grammar and other English mistakes and provide the kind of feedback students used to get from professors or teaching assistants before budget cuts resulted in staff layoffs and unmanageably large class sizes.

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