Community College Watch – Summer Reading 2016

HEAG Community Colleges, Financial Aid Industry News

What’s on your summer reading list? Here are some of the things on our list this summer:Community College Summer Reading

State of Denial: Where Community College Students Lack Access to Federal Student Loans

The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2016

This 20+ page assessment of federal student loan participation at community colleges across the country is a state by state look at student access to federal student loans. It also looks at students’ race and whether or not they live in an urban/non-urban area. Default rates were cited as a primary reason for some community colleges to opt out of federal loan programs.

TICAS’ Recommendations for Community Colleges:

  • All community colleges should offer federal student loans.
  • Community colleges that choose not to offer loans must clearly alert students.
  • Community colleges should counsel students before certifying private loans.


The National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education

A Project of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center

The National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education released the first four of ten white papers on different dimensions of the higher education problem.

  • Crowded Out: The Outlook for State Higher Education Spending by Dan White, senior economist, and Sarah Crane, economist, Moody’s Analytics
  • Transformations Affecting Postsecondary Education by Jeffrey Selingo, author and columnist
  • Financing American Higher Education in the 21st Century: What Can the United States Learn from Other Countries? by D. Bruce Johnstone, professor emeritus, Higher and Comparative Education, The University at Buffalo
  • State Higher Education Finance: Best Practices by Martha Snyder, director; Brian Fox, senior associate; and Cristen Moore, associate; HCM Strategies


Did Oregon get ‘free’ community college right? Ask Tennessee

By Andrew Theen, The Oregonian/OregonLive


Speak Your Piece: As Economy Recovers, College Finances Worsen

By Stephen G. Katsinas, The Daily Yonder

The 2009 federal stimulus package temporarily helped hold down the cost of higher education for America’s young people. Now, rising tuition and flat funding for programs like Pell grants put rural students and community colleges at risk, according to a new report.


The Washington Post – Beach reads – summer reading list 2016

Happy Summer!