Nearly 38 percent of students who began at a public two-year institution completed a degree in six years, according to a December National Student Clearinghouse (NSC)
Research Center study that tracked a cohort of students
at public and private two- and four-year colleges and
universities from 2011 to 2017.
Compared to the 2010 cohort, completion was down
among the 2011 cohort, from 39.3 percent. However, the
NSC Research Center notes that the decline is due to a
change in definition: dual-enrollment high school students were excluded from the 2011 cohort. Without the
exclusion, the completion rate would have increased
slightly, to 40.1 percent, the report said.
Also of note: About 70 percent of public two-year
college completers finished at their starting institution, while approximately 30 percent completed at a
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Wisc. governor unveils $20M tech
job training initiative
Wisconsin will spend $20 million on a job training program with colleges
and universities designed to prepare people for electronics manufacturing
jobs and to address long-term workforce development needs.
Gov. Scott Walker announced the initiative, called Wisconsin Career
Creator, in January. Funding for the idea was part of legislation lawmakers
approved last year to have Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group build
an electronics factory in southeast Wisconsin.
comes to Baltimore
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has
made a promise to high school students:
Graduate from a Baltimore City public
high school and you’ll be eligible for free
tuition to Baltimore City Community
College, regardless of income or grade-point average.
The Mayor’s Scholars Program covers
tuition for associate degree and certified job training programs, “giving
Baltimore City graduating seniors a
clear path to success,” according to a
BCCC press release.
To participate in the last-dollar program, students must fill out the FAFSA.
Events are planned this winter to assist
students with completing that form.
The estimated cost to the city of the
Mayor’s Scholars Program is $1.5 million.
Already, 92 percent of BCCC students
receive some form of federal aid, the
average of which exceeds the cost of
tuition, so this program “is a great
value,” Pugh said in a release.
colleges closer to offering
Six Ohio community colleges have gained state approval to offer
bachelor’s degrees. Cuyahoga Community College plans to offer a
bachelor of applied science in data integration/database administration, while Lorain County Community College has proposed a
bachelor of applied science in microelectronic manufacturing.
Sinclair Community College submitted proposals for three
bachelor’s degree programs: aviation technology/professional
pilot, industrial automation and unmanned aerial systems.
It’s still early in the process, though. It could take up to two years
before they get approval from the regional accrediting agency, the
Higher Learning Commission.