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Bachelor's Degrees at Community Colleges

BACHELOR'S DEGREES AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES
JANUARY 20, 2020


More community colleges are offering bachelor's degrees, according to Community College Research Initiatives at the University of Washington.  But how they are being implemented varies across the country.  Twenty-three states now allow public two-year institutions to confer bachelor's degrees, but to varying degrees.  Some states allow all two-year institutions to confer bachelor's degrees, while others allow some but not all, limiting the ability to confer degrees to certain institutions.

Fall Enrollments Still on the Decline

FALL ENROLLMENTS STILL ON THE DECLINE
DECEMBER 19, 2019

Higher education enrollments for the Fall of 2019 declined for the eighth consecutive year, finds the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.  Overall enrollments dropped by 1.3 percent this Fall, more than 231,000 students to 17.9 million students.  This was the case for all kinds of institutions:  public four-years, public two-years, private non-profit four-years, and private for-profit four-years.  Fifteen states, particularly in the South and West, saw enrollment increases.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

"THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD"
November 26, 2019

It is beautifully described as "the greatest story ever told."  It is most concisely expressed in the greatest statement ever made--John 3:16.  No event in human history deserves or requires the use of as many superlatives as the birth of Jesus Christ. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Christmas and giving are inseparable, for God established the pattern when he gave the gift of His one and only son who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin.

Christian Higher Education Month

CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION MONTH
OCTOBER 28, 2019

In 2003, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring October as Christian Higher Education Month.  While 16 years have passed since this resolution was introduced, October still remains an important month as we have the opportunity to recognize hundreds of colleges and universities that are committed to Christ-centered education.  I had the privilege of working with three such institutions in my career, all of which are associated with the Association for Biblical Higher Education and/or the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and continue to develop Christian leaders for the 21st Century who can think, live, and serve effectively in the Church and the world.

Student Loan Default Rate Continues to Decline

STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT RATE CONTINUES TO DECLINE
SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

Data released by Department of Education on September 25 showed that the share of borrowers defaulting on their student loans has declined for the sixth straight year.  Of borrowers who entered repayment in 2016, 10.1 percent had defaulted on their loans by 2018,  This percentage is down from 10.8 percent from the previous year.  For-Profit colleges had the highest rate of defaults at 15.2 percent compared to 9.6 percent at public institutions and 6.

Canada Outlines Plans to Expand International Education

CANADA OUTLINES PLANS TO EXPAND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
AUGUST 28, 2019

The  Government of Canada has outlined its five-year plan to invest $30 million over the next five years to diversify international recruitment at Canada's postsecondary institutions, as well as allocating $95 million for study-abroad initiatives for domestic students, reports theGlobe and Mail.  With more than half of the country's current international students coming from China and India, the government hopes to attract students from Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Morocco, Turkey, France, and Ukraine.

Sixth Anniversary of McKinney Solutions

SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF MCKINNEY SOLUTIONS
AUGUST 4, 2019

When I retired from the presidency of Simpson University in the summer of 2013, I still hand a strong desire to be involved in Christ-centered higher education in a semi-retirement capacity.  The outcome of my continuing passion was the launch of a consulting service called McKinney Solutions.  I now find myself celebrating the sixth anniversary of McKinney Solutions with a heart of gratitude.

First, I thank the leadership of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an accreditation and professional development agency that serves about 200 institutions in Canada and the United States, for their support.

More Low-Income Students Attending College

MORE LOW-INCOME STUDENTS ATTENDING COLLEGE
JUNE 25, 2019

A new report claims more poor students than ever are enrolling in American colleges and universities, but a disproportionate number are attending less selective or open-access institutions, which may hinder their chances for earning a bachelor's degree.  A new report from the Pew Research Firm released on May 23 found that the overall number of undergraduates at U.S. colleges and universities has increased during the past 20 years, with students of color and those from low-income families making up much of the growth.

College Enrollment Declines Continue

COLLEGE ENROLLMENT DECLINES CONTINUE
MAY 30, 2019

College enrollment in the U.S. has decreased for the eighth consecutive year, according to new information released on May 23 by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.  The report covers 97 percent of enrollments at degree-granting postsecondary institutions that are eligible to  receive Title IV federal financial aid.  The overall decline this academic year compared to last year was 1.7 percent or roughly 300,000 students.

Private Colleges Set New Records on Tuition Discounts

PRIVATE COLLEGES SET NEW RECORD ON TUITION DISCOUNTS
MAY 16, 2019

Private colleges are offering students discounts on tuition and fees at record-high rates, according to the annual Tuition Discounting Study, released on May 9 by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.  The organization surveyed 405 private, nonprofit colleges for its 2018 study.  The average tuition-discount rates for the 2018-2019 academic year are estimated at 52.2 percent for first-time freshmen and 46.
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