A Call for Big Changes to Meet a Big Challenge at Community Colleges
Quick fixes aren’t enough to boost lagging completion rates, says a new report
By Katherine Mangan
More than a decade of efforts to propel low-income and underserved students through community college have fallen short because states and colleges haven’t made systemwide commitments to strategies like streamlining degree requirements, accelerating remediation, and financially rewarding colleges for raising graduation and persistence rates, according to a report being released on Thursday by Jobs for the Future.
The report, "Policy Meets Pathways: A State Policy Agenda for Transformational Change," calls for sweeping new strategies that affect all students, not just the few participating in pilot programs on individual campuses.
TFA Congratulates Dr. Ansari - EPCC
Fariba Ansari is a full-time associate Physics Professor. She completed her Ph.D. in 2003 in Material Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. In addition to physics and engineering research, she has also researched how knowledge of mathematics history affects learning of mathematical concepts, and the effect of “foldables” on student learning in high school mathematics and science.
Dr. Ansari has presented workshops locally, regionally, and nationally on how technology in the science classroom increases student comprehension and learning outcomes. She has taught physics for three years and mathematics for over six years at the community college and secondary school levels. She was a part of the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship and presented her research findings at local and regional conferences.
She was a participant in the NSF Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program for over two years, for both EPCC and UTEP. She has recently been invited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to be a Cognitive Math Coach for UTEP.
Dr. Ansari was a participant in the 2008-2009 cohort of the EPCC Teachership Academy and Leadership Academy. Also, she was a participant in the Leadership Academy at EPCC, and is working to implement innovative instructional methods in the classroom.
She was a 2012 NISOD excellence award recipient. She received the SSTEM scholarship from the NSF to help students in Math and Science in 2012, and received an award from the NSF for SSTEM program.
UT Pan American was recently host to the NEA Emerging Leaders Academy, which included NEA field staff who were the trainers and NEA members from throughout the United States. One of the main topics was Student Debt which affects many junior faculty and the Degrees Not Debt program sponsored by NEA.
Degrees not Debt may be applied to debt as far back as 2007
Mark Winkel UTPA President speaks to a local news station
Members look at Degrees not Debt Information
Some TFA local and state officers
NEA Staff and Emerging Leaders chat with local members
They even talked about Degrees Not Debt while trapped in an elevator
Degrees Not Debt event at El Paso Community College
Saying No to Fully Online
By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed
UF Online, the University of Florida's online education arm, won't offer a political science degree after the department, concerned about quality and the state's shifting leadership, voted against the idea.
Unlike many online education initiatives, which target adult learners and other groups of students not normally served by course offerings on campus, UF Online is meant to educate first-time-in-college students -- high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 22. When a department at UF declines to participate, it creates a hole in UF Online’s lineup.
The decision wasn’t based on passionate opposition to online education, said Ido Oren, associate professor and chair of the political science department. The department already offers online versions of several of its introductory and upper-level courses, but the idea of stringing those courses into -- and developing a number of new courses for -- a fully online major gave some faculty members pause.
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.
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.
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.
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
Voted Off the Island
The Plot Against Public Education
A Chronicle Reporter Wrote a Book About the Higher-Ed Crisis. These 5 Things Surprised Her the Most.
Working together to improve education: TFA/TSTA/NEA
Local "Degrees, Not Debt" Events in Texas
CONGRATULATIONS TO TWO OF OUR MOST ACTIVE LOCALS!
Abbott Lays Out Full Higher Ed Plan
Davis holds news event at TSTA headquarters
'Aspiring Adults Adrift'
Great Expectations, Bleaker Results
Despite Success, Some Shortcomings in Texas Higher Ed
Stop Blaming Professors
TFA Action at UTB and TSC
Higher Education's Missing Faculty Voices
Catherine Rampell, Washington Post: Why public college tuition is skyrocketing
Degrees Not Debt: Take the Pledge!
Gauging Graduates' Well-Being
Symposium to unveil UT-RGV outline
Online Ed Disconnect
UT-Brownsville professors concerned about jobs after university consolidation
TFA member Gabe Camacho on why he's a member - NEA Higher Education Advocate
El Paso local wins civil rights award
A Question of Tenure
Faculty Group Sues UT-Brownsville, Texas Southmost
Faculty Association Sues Over Job Losses in Brownsville
Former UTB/TSC faculty members suing schools for illegal termination
EPCC, UTEP in scholarship program for DREAMers
New Proposed THECB TSI (TX Success Initiative) Changes affect all Community Colleges and 4-Year Universities Negatively – Michael Coulehan, EPCC
PAUF Notes: Tenured UTB Faculty Member reinstated
Educator Who Fought Layoff Back on Campus
Powers to keep job as president of University of Texas at Austin
Paredes: Meeting Goals Will Require Big Changes
The STEM Crisis: Reality or Myth?
TFA Member Ioana Agut Receives Grant
Most Students Are Unprepared for College, SAT Results Show
Obama Plan to Tie Student Aid to College Ratings Draws Mixed Reviews
Inputs Trump Outputs
Higher Ed: Engine of Inequity
Texas A&M System chancellor orders audits to identify savings
The Brilliant Plan That Could Save Colleges Millions
Supreme Court Raises Bar to Prove Job Discrimination
Profs call upon EEOC| Complaints allege age discrimination
In Brownsville, Two Colleges Split and a Community Suffers
Can Venture Capital Deliver on the Promise of the Public University?
The Coming Revolution in Public Education
Campus Carry Bill Passes Senate Committee
Colleges Shifting Aid From Poor to Rich
A Future Without Tenure
Report: Not Just What You Study but Where That Matters
Standardized Test Proposal for Texas Colleges Stalls
How to Assess the Real Payoff of a College Degree
Pulitzer-winning historian to leave UT
TribLive: Three Senators on the "Kumbaya" Session
'More Than a Major'
The Miserable Odds of a Poor Student Graduating From College (in 2 Graphs)
Georgetown University Study Shows Employment Advantage for College Graduates
Texas A&M System chancellor optimistic about upcoming legislation
Campus Carry Debate Plays Out in House Hearing
Legislators seek to tweak college history requirement
Campus Carry Legislation Filed in House
Universities torn on funding tied to graduation rates
Online Courses Could Widen Achievement Gaps Among Students
In unusual move, regent obtains vast file of open records materials from UT
A Guide to Getting One of Texas' $10,000 Degrees
University Of Texas, Rick Perry Clash Over Future Of Public Higher Education
Obama's Immigration Plan
TFA Executive Director talks with Inside Higher Ed
South Texans Feeling Momentum for University Plan
Community Colleges Worry About Texas Budget
Higher education leaders face uphill budget battle
Two-year colleges will take a hit under budget proposals
Dire Budget Estimate Fit Well With Prevailing Politics
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Releases Biennial Revenue Estimate
UNT regents fire president of Health Science Center in Fort Worth
From tenured to ‘terminated’
State of Texas penalizing students for spiraling college costs
Four faculty file grievances against UTB and TSC
Web Resource for Texas Fiscal Analysis
Fundraising Totals & Donor Lists for Texas House & Senate Candidates
Community Colleges and Economic Self-Determination
UT-Pan American President Pledges to Give Bonuses Away
2012 Texas Democratic and Republican Party Platforms
TFA/NEA 2012 Election Endorsements
Romney: Teachers unions shouldn't contribute to political campaigns
College Costs Too Much Because Faculty Lack Power
Completion-Focused Financial Aid
A Summer Without Pell
State's financial aid program to fall well short of need
The Majority of Asian Americans Support Race-Conscious Admissions Policies
The Republicans' Crazy Party Platforms
Texas: A Bargain No Longer
Historic day at UVa
UVA's Teresa Sullivan was fired for what?
Coalition still monitoring higher ed
Governor tells agencies to trim 10%
Powers vs. Perry at UT
What Will $10,000 Get Me?
Foundations' Newfound Advocacy
New Report Questions Texas' Higher-Ed Priorities
Campus Carry to be revisted
Saturday is Cesar Chavez Day
Online Classes and College Completion
UTEP Seeks Success Beyond Graduation Rate
Texas Tribune Salary Data for TX Public Employees
UTB, TSC report progress, concerns during transition period
Santorum's Attacks on Higher Ed
Details of Obama's Fiscal-2013 Budget for Higher Education
TRS and the Public Pension Fight - TSTA Preparing for 2013
Campus in crisis: Audit reveals Dickinson State awarded bogus degrees
Faith and Race in American Political Life
Western Governors University (WGU) Is in Your State: Deconstructing the Academy
El Paso Community College AFT Chapter Holds an Information Workshop
Two TFA members; Dr. Samuel Freeman and Dr. Jessica Lavariega-Monforti defend Higher Education at Political Forum.
Questions Surround Unregulated Institutions
Congratulations Dr. Skowronek, TFA member
Texplainer: Could Universities Undergo Sunset Review?
College Graduation Rates: Income Really Matters
More than half of community college students say they are unprepared
Texas Board Requires the Phasing Out of 64 Degree Programs With Low Enrollments
Does Texas Higher Education Have a Morale Problem?
Proposition 3 on the November ballot asks Texas voters to expand
This Is What Happens When You Fund Research
GREAT FACULTY INCENTIVIZED FOR BOLD REINVENTION, LEVERAGING ACCOUNTABILITY
Cooler Tempers Prevail at Opening Session of Texas Oversight Panel
Plutocracy With A Philanthropic Face
Graduation Measures Should Reflect Community-College Achievement, Advisory Committee Says
Senators are shocked with Dr. Ransom's high salary
Before UT Regents Meeting, Groups Call for Higher Ed Changes
Lone Star Wars: The Deprivation of Higher Education in Texas
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Adams, TFA Board of Directors Member
Congratulations to Dr. Cary Wintz, TFA Board of Directors Member
WGU Lassoes Texas
Why Republicans are Underfunding Education in Texas
Forum: The Future of Faculty Unions
'The Fall of the Faculty'
Efforts to Measure Faculty Workload Don't Add Up
Valley educators meet
No crisis in higher ed, says departing A&M chancellor
Growing coalition opposes `breakthrough solutions'
A&M System May Name Jay Kimbrough Interim Chancellor
Perry supports controversial higher education plan while some groups vow to fight
Government Employee Salaries
On the Records: Higher Ed Quiz Results
Quiz: Who Said What About Higher Ed?
Switch to Outcomes-Based Higher Ed Funding Taking Time
New financial aid rules hurt colleges, students
Thanks to everyone who called
Lean times ahead in Texas
'Seven solutions' stir A&M faculty
In Deal, Lawmakers Reduce Cuts to TEXAS Grants
Fewer grants, higher tuition
Outcomes-Based Higher Ed Funding Bill Passes Senate
Why Are So Many Students Still Failing Online?
House Passes Outcomes-Based Higher Ed Funding Bill
Texas Warned on Cuts to Historically Black Schools
Texas Budget Stalls Over Education, Funding Sources
Texas Faculty Association hesitant to endorse bill to change university funding model
It's Not Over Until It's Over!
Was McKinney's Departure From A&M System Voluntary?
Appointments announced to the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency
House Bill 9
Republicans In Texas Senate Approve Guns On Campus
Delivering Educational Products: The Job Formerly Known as Teaching
Campus-carry issue stalls higher-ed bill
Democrats block Senate budget, at least temporarily
Lucio hangs tight
Students Learn Intricacies of the Presidency by Role-playing White House Staffers
$5 Billion Found in the Senate Couch Cushions
Regents' special assistant is ousted
Texas College Republicans Target Ogden
University reformers advancing with 'Seven'
First lady's visit highlights divisions in Texas Senate
Texas campus gun bill debate delayed until Monday
We may actually win on something important
House approves House Bill 1
Testimony relating to concealed handguns
Old College Try
Stop the assault on higher education!
Teacher layoffs would hamper some local economies
Senate Higher Education Report for 03-02-2011
Staggering! CPPP compares Lege budgets to projected need
Role for Teachers Is Seen in Solving Schools' Crises
Scholars Question New Book's Gloom on Education
Texas Is "On the Brink," Legislative Study Group Says
Republican Budget Proposal Could Raise Tuition Over $1,000 Per Year
No "budget" bachelor's degrees
The $10,000 Question
Cesar Chavez Holiday Reinstated
TFA:Perrys Higher Ed proposals dont add up
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Fewer college students to get financial aid under House and Senate proposals
Adults With College Degrees in the United States, by County
Not So Fast
Senate Budget Out
Pressure building on faculty to boost graduation rates
Are We Too Dumb for Democracy? The Logic Behind Self-Delusion
The House's New Higher Ed Leader
Public wants two major areas of budget protected.
Gag 'em, Aggies?
Survey Says Texans Want More Efficiency in Higher Ed
A lesson for Bill Maher
Reed and Freeman on job security
Arbitrator Orders FSU to Rescind Layoffs
Higher ed hand-wringing
Bracing for deep budget cuts
So you want to get a PhD...
Paredes Proposes New Funding Formula
Putting a price on professors
EPCC and UTEP organizing meetings
UTB-TSC reconciliation possible?
UTB-TSC: How the breakup came about
Information Re: The 84th Legislative Session
Dates of Interest
The Texas Tribune Tribpedia: Previewing The 84th Legislature
Texas Fiscal Information
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Texas Legislature Online
Five Ways to Kick Student Debt
Faculty Salary Data
Higher Education Almanac
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed
NEA Higher Education Advocate