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Short-Term Certificates Boom, but Study Finds They Don’t Help Students Get Jobs

By Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Short-term community-college certificates, which have been growing rapidly in popularity as a way to get students quickly and cheaply into jobs, do not, in fact, help most recipients land employment or earn more money, according to a study being released on Thursday.

The study is based on data from Washington state, but it reflects similar findings in three other states, according to researchers at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College and the Career Ladders Project, an initiative of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.

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Competency, Texas-Style

By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

The University of Texas System plans to make its first foray into competency-based education fittingly far-reaching.

The system’s forthcoming “personalized” credentials will be limited to the medical sciences, for now. But the new, competency-based curriculum will involve multiple institutions around the state, system officials said, with a track that eventually will stretch from high school, or even middle school, all the way to medical school.

Many details still need to be hashed out about the project, which the system announced this week. But several key elements are in place.

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New Analysis Shows Problematic Boom In Higher Ed Administrators

By Jon Marcus, The New England Center for Investigative Reporting

What's the change at your school? Check out our searchable table.

The number of non-academic administrative and professional employees at U.S. colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25 years, vastly outpacing the growth in the number of students or faculty, according to an analysis of federal figures.

The disproportionate increase in the number of university staffers who neither teach nor conduct research has continued unabated in more recent years, and slowed only slightly since the start of the economic downturn, during which time colleges and universities have contended that a dearth of resources forced them to sharply raise tuition.

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Degrees Not Debt

TFA is holding information sessions and workshops to give faculty information about how to reduce student loan payments and reduce the amount owed. We kicked off the campaign with a film and discussion led by Nilka Julio, NEA field staff person at Brazosport College. We are following it up with "Paperwork Workshops." There are designated TFA members at Brazosport who are willing to help our members with individual questions.

For more information visit http://www.nea.org/degreesnotdebt and http://www.nea.org/home/60418.htm

Lily Eskelsen García - NEA President

Nilka Julio - NEA staff, Harvey Yarborough - TFA Board Member, Mary Aldridge Dean - TFA Executive Director

Molly Braun - NEA Organizing Institute team member, Harvey Yarborough - TFA Board Member

At El Paso Community College TFA combined a local political update, voter registration, and information on Degrees Not Debt

Gabe Camacho - EPCC Local Chapter President, Mike Coulehan - TFA State President, and an EPCC local member

At UT Pan American TFA worked with Battleground Texas on voter registration, with the Texas Department of Public Safety present to issue state ID cards due to the voter ID law that was passed during the last session, as the law did not allow for student identification cards to be used for voting purposes.

Battleground Texas worker and James Aldridge - local 40 year member, former State President, and TFA Board Member who coordinated with Battleground

Degrees Not Debt hands-on workshop at Brazosport College





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