Replacing ACT Aspire with the actual ACT is as dumb as it gets

July 20, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

Last week, our State Superintendent of Education announced a decision that is so spectacularly stupid you almost have to assume the intention is to hurt our schools.

That decision is to replace the ACT preparation exam, called the ACT Aspire, with the actual ACT as a measure of school accountability.

Think about that for a second. Replacing the preparation exam with the actual exam is like sending a minor league baseball player who has a low batting average up to the major league and expecting him to start knocking balls out of the park.
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New Program Could Award College Degrees to Thousands in Alabama

November 11, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

College students in Alabama can now reverse transfer credits from a four-year college or university to a two-year school in order to obtain an Associates degree, thanks to a new partnership among State colleges signed on Wednesday.

The change could immediately affect thousands of students in Alabama, allowing them to apply for Associates degrees that they’ve already earned.

“It’s a significant change that really benefits all of the parties involved,” said Glenda Colagross, the interim president at Southern Union Community College. “For the students, it allows them a credential to go on their resume that they’ve rightly earned. For the schools, it increases the graduation rates. For the State, it shows an increase in the number of degreed citizens we have in the workforce.”
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Alabama’s Community Colleges Face New Challenges, But Remain a Gateway

June 17, 2016

By Al Thompson
Vice president of the Board of Trustees for the Alabama Community College System

Ask just about any Alabamian about the state’s community college system, and you’ll hear great stories about first steps, fresh starts, and fine finishes, too.

You’ll hear about people whose training led to a good job at an auto plant; people who established promising careers as nurses or welders; people who used our campuses’ convenience and cost-savings as a springboard to a four-year degree, just as I did.
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Shelby Announces Nearly $5.5 Million in Grants for Alabama Community Colleges

July 18, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama on Thursday announced that the Department of Education has awarded $5,411,597 in Educational Talent Search Program grants to Alabama Community Colleges.

Senator Shelby said, “Investing in the education of young Americans is of primary importance.  These grants will help advance some of Alabama’s brightest students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure that young people who have the potential to succeed in institutions of higher learning have the opportunity to do so.”
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