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Central New Mexico Community College serves a vital role in its community and does so within the larger context of higher education in America. This is a dynamic context, always evolving, and CNM strives to fulfill its mission and vision by working at the forefront of a changing field.

Below are articles and reports helping explore and document the changing world of academia with an emphasis on community college education. Follow this page for regular updates.

Skills beyond School: Synthesis Report (Dec. 2014)
A recent US projection is that nearly one-third of job vacancies by 2018 will require some post-secondary qualification but less than a four-year degree (Carnevale, Smith and Strohl, 2010). The aim of this OECD study … is to cast light on this world, as it is large, dynamic, and of key importance to country skill systems. — A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

[ OECD (2014), Skills Beyond School: Synthesis Report, OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training, OECD Publishing. http// ]

College kids’ homeless hell: Why a secret, massive crisis is getting even worse (11-17-14)
Over 56,000 college students were homeless in 2013. As of early August, almost 46,000 college students declared homelessness for this year. — by Matthew Saccaro, for Salon

Are colleges doing unnecessary – and expensive – remediation? (11-12-14)
Our analysis indicated that a quarter to a third of students assigned to remedial classes based on standardized test scores could have passed college-level classes with a grade of B or better.” — by Judith Scott-Clayton, for Policy Analysis for California Education

Weathering the Economic Storm: Chief Financial Officers on Building a Sustainable Future for Higher Education (September 2014)
The new Chronicle of Higher Education report, Weathering the Economic Storm, reveals that nearly half of the institutions surveyed fell below target enrollment.

  • More than 50% say higher ed is moving in the wrong direction and agree change is needed.
  • ⅓ would increase teaching loads, while only 11% would increase tuition to cut costs or increase revenue.
  • 34% rate their quality of data as below average or extremely poor. They want better data to make financial decisions.

College by the Numbers: A Statistical Look at College Costs, Financial Aid and More (9-21-14)
Here is a look at some of the numbers affecting students and their families. — by Cristina Lourosa-Ricardo, for Wall Street Journal

In Quest for Success, Colleges Ask: What’s Working? (9-15-14)
Constant measurement is essential, Ms. Cleary says. The average community-college student takes five years to complete his or her two-year degree, she notes. "We can’t wait five years to see if our changes are working." — by Libby Sander, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Is a Degree Still Worth It? Yes, Researchers Say, and the Payoff Is Getting Better (9-5-14)
According to "a study released on Tuesday by two researchers with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concludes the opposite is true: The value of a bachelor’s degree is near an all-time high ... [T]the wages students forgo while attending colleges—the “opportunity cost”—are lower than they used to be, and the average wages for those who don’t have a college degree keeps falling. Even though the wages for college graduates are not increasing, the gap between their pay and earnings of those with only a high-school diploma has increased, keeping the value of a college degree from falling. — by Lance Lambert for Chronicle of Higher Education

Confuse Students to Help Them Learn (8-14-14)
But when Mr. Muller analyzed the results of tests he administered to the students before and after showing them the videos, he noticed something odd: The students who had watched the more confusing videos learned more. — by Steve Kolowich, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Educating Nontraditional Students (8-14)
A compilation of articles from Inside Higher Ed

Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard? (7-28-14)
At its best, higher education does more than train people for jobs. College should clarify the mind and enlighten the soul. But colleges also expect to be paid in dollars, and you can’t provide evidence of enlightenment in lieu of installments on your student loans. — by Kevin Carey, for New York Times

Are Courses Outdated? MIT Considers Offering ‘Modules’ Instead (8-5-14)
People now buy songs, not albums. They read articles, not newspapers. So why not mix and match learning “modules” rather than lock into 12-week university courses? That question is a major theme of a 213-page report released on Monday by a committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. — by Jeffrey R. Young, for Chronicle of Higher Education

The Hidden Curriculum (8-4-14)
The hidden curriculum, Smith writes, consists of the “norms, values, and expectations” that govern interactions among students, faculty, staff and administrators. To excel in college, at-risk students must navigate a world of new social norms – typically those of the white middle class, she argues. — by Charlie Tyson, for Inside Higher Ed

A Focus on Specific Dropouts Can Help Colleges Raise Completion Rate (7-30-13)
College dropouts who came close to graduating but didn’t quite finish could be a key target for higher-education institutions that are under the gun to improve their completion rates, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. — by Katherine Mangan for Chronicle of Higher Education

Report: Work-Study Students More Likely to Graduate (7-29-14)
Students who participate in the federal work-study program are more likely to graduate and be employed six years after college than their similar counterparts who don’t participate in the program, according to a new study. — News Brief, Inside higher Ed

Late Fafsa Filers Receive Less Student Aid, Report Says (7-9-14)
The results of the study suggest that Fafsa-completion efforts should be focused on high-school students who are likely to attend community colleges and on students who enroll late at community colleges. — News Brief, Chronicle of Higher Education

Even Middle-Class Students Have Poor Odds of Graduating From College (5-29-14)
Among students who scored between 1000 and 1200 on their SAT's out of 1600, undergrads from families in the top income quartile had roughly a two-in-three chance of finishing their bachelor's degree. Students from the lowest quartile had about a one-in-six chance. — by Jordan Weissmann, for Slate

Applying for Aid May Be a Barrier for Returning Students, Too (5-21-14)
Community-college students, in particular, may have work and family obligations on top of classwork. They might not be as plugged in with fellow students who might remind them to file. And their colleges probably have fewer resources to help them out. — by Beckie Supiano, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Investigating Rates and Patterns of Financial Aid Renewal Among College Freshmen — by Kelli Bird & Benjamin L. Castleman, Ed Policy Works/University of Virginia

What the 6 Types of Prospective College Students Are Looking For (5-19-14)
Parthenon surveyed 3,200 prospective and current college students across different age groups. Analyzing the results, the firm identified six major segments of the student market, the first three on the younger side and the latter three generally older. — by Taylor Harvey, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Calif. Community-College Students Fare Less Well in Online Courses (5-15-14)
According to the report, in 2011-12, 79.4 percent of students completed online courses they started, compared with 85.9 percent of students completing traditional courses. The findings are based on student and course data collected from the 112 community colleges in California. — by Danya Perez-Hernandez

A Caring Professor May Be Key in How a Graduate Thrives (5-6-14)
We have a formula here for something that alters life and career trajectory ... These are pretty specific things that we can think about how we move the needle. — by Scott Carlson, for Chronicle of higher Education

Google Disables Scanning of Student Email for Advertising Purposes (5-1-14)
We've permanently removed all ad scanning in Gmail for Apps for Education, which means Google cannot collect or use student data in Apps for Education services for advertising purposes. — by Steve Kolowich, for Chronicle of Higher Education

What Enhanced E-Books Can Do for Scholarly Authors (4-25-14)
Now we can much more easily disseminate our work in art history, archaeology, and many other scholarly fields that have presented high hurdles to print publishing. — by Jacob L. Wright, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Public Sees College as More Than Just Job Preparation, Report Says (4-23-14)
Rhetoric from policy makers may focus on the need to ensure that college graduates are competitive in the workplace, but students, faculty members, and others engaged in higher education take a more expansive view of the value of a degree, a new report from the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute suggests. — by Karin Fisher, for Chronicle of higher Education

Divided We Fail: Why It's Time for a Broader, More Inclusive Conversation on the Future of Higher Education — A Final Report on the 2013 National Issues Forums, Prepared for the Kettering Foundation by Public Agenda

Community Colleges Can Foster Student Success by Supporting Their Adjuncts (4-7-14)
With the stakes so high when it comes to student success, the report says, community colleges have a real incentive to change the environment in which part-time instructors work. The report suggests that community colleges have conversations about how to support adjunct faculty members, include them in discussions, create clear pathways to full-time employment, and recognize part-timers' accomplishment with additional pay when possible. — by Audrey Williams June, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Contingent Commitments Bringing Part-Time Faculty Into Focus
A Special Report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement

The Community College Route to the Bachelor's Degree (March 2014)
It is well established that students who begin post-secondary education at a community college are less likely to earn a bachelor's degree than otherwise similar undergraduates who begin at a 4-year school, but there is less consensus over the mechanisms generating this disparity. — from the paper by David M. Monaghan and Paul Attewell, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Small Changes in Homework Practices Improved Learning, Study Finds (3-19-14)
Small changes in homework practices that incorporate three principles from cognitive science can improve student learning and performance on examinations, says a study released on Tuesday by the journal Educational Psychology Review. — by Nick DeSantis, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Who Knew? Arts Education Fuels the Economy (3-10-14)
...Additionally, IBM, in a 2010 report based on face-to-face interviews with more than 1,500 CEOs worldwide, concluded that "creativity trumps other leadership characteristics" in an era of relentless complexity and disruptive change. — by Sunil Iyengar and Ayanna Hudson, for Chronicle of Higher Education

An Era of Neglect: How public colleges were crowded out, beaten up, and failed to fight back (3-3-14)
...somewhere along the line, over the past three decades or so, the deterioration of support for public higher education became hard to miss. Appropriations tanked. Tuition soared. College leaders embraced gloomy rhetoric about broken partnerships with the very people who had built these institutions from the ground up. — by Karin Fischer, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Community Colleges Nourish Both Students and Society, Report Says (2-18-14)
"Educational institutions are like beekeepers," the report says. "While their principal aim is to provide education and raise people's incomes, in the process an array of external benefits are created. — by Katherine Mangan, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Where Value Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges
Report, from American Association of Community Colleges

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College (February 2014)
According to this research, not only is the pay gap between college graduates and non-college graduates wider than in previous generations, but employed Millennial college graduates are more likely than their peers with a high school diploma or less education to say their job is a career or a steppingstone to a career (86% vs.57%). — News brief from Higher Ed Impact

N.C. Community College Gives 196 Instructors a New Title: Professor (2-7-14)
The shift in part reflects community colleges' drive for respect and recognition as they take on a greater role in national efforts to expand higher-education access and train workers for an increasingly global economy. — by Charles Huckabee, for Chronicle of Higher Education

Tracking Alternative Credentials (1-17-14)
The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday released a report on the numbers and characteristics of people who hold certificates, professional certification and licenses. It also includes wage information. — by Paul Fain, for Inside Higher Ed

U. of Texas Unveils a New Tool for Judging a Degree's Worth (1-16-14)
The University of Texas system is posting a new online database on Thursday where current and prospective students can compare the salaries, student-loan debts, and job prospects for people in hundreds of majors and occupations. — by Katherine Mangan, for the Chronicle of Higher Education

At-Risk Young Adults With Mentors Go to College at Higher Rates (1-13-14)
About three-quarters of at-risk young adults (ages 18 to 21) with a mentor reported that they had always planned to go to and graduate from college, compared with 56 percent of those who didn't have a mentor. — by Beckie Supiano, for the Chronicle of Higher Education

2002's High School Sophomores, 10 Years Later (1-10-14)
A federal study tracking a cohort of high school sophomores over 10 years shows that about half had a postsecondary credential, that those who went straight to college after high school were far likelier to earn a degree, and that the bachelor's degree holders among them were less likely to be unemployed or to have lost a job since 2006. Report announcement from Inside Higher Ed

Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002): A First Look at 2002 High School Sophomores 10 Years Later (January 2014)
A study by Erich Lauff and Steven J. Ingels, of RTI International, for the National Center for Education Statistics.

Another New Term, Another Set of Teaching Experiments (1-6-14)
I'm also trying a tiered system– that is, there are around 10 groups of content-based standards, each with a Level I, Level II, Level III set of skills. — by Chad Orzel for Uncertain Principles/Science Blogs

The Amazon of Higher Education (1-2-14)
Five years ago, Southern New Hampshire University was a 2,000-student private school struggling against declining enrollment, poor name recognition, and teetering finances. Today, it's the of higher education. — by Gabriel Kahn, for Slate

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