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February 26, 2017

Students and Higher Ed Leaders Put Their Faith in Online Classes

As a growing number of students enroll in nontraditional college classes, the value of online education becomes more clear. According to statistics gathered for an Online Learning Consortium infographic, 5.8 million students are now enrolled in online courses, and the majority put tremendous stock in the quality of their education: 90 percent of students say their online learning experiences are the same or better than in-classroom options.

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February 23, 2017

New Survey Reveals how Financial Insecurity Acts as a Barrier to Completion

A new survey of community college students reveals financial insecurity, including rising housing, food, transportation and child care costs can keep them from completing. “We can have all kinds of academic supports in place, but if we don’t come alongside them in this way also and help support them … it won’t matter how much else we do to prop them,” said Evelyn Waiwaiole, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

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February 23, 2017

Colleges Remake Remedial Education by Partnering With High Schools

Remediation classes typically add years to college completion time and thousands of dollars to tuition bills, often without advancing students towards degree requirements. A partnership between Red Bank High School and Chattanooga State Community College allowed students to take remedial courses in their senior year of high school, reducing the need for remediation by the time they reach college.

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February 16, 2017

Alternative to Remedial College Classes Improves Graduation Rates

Remediation courses all too often do not count toward a degree and may delay students from graduating on time, costing them money in the long run. Boston College has taken a different approach by reducing the maximum number of remedial classes a student can take, and restructuring the format of the class, leading to increases in low-income student graduation rates.

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