Judge blocks stripping largest California community college of accreditation
I just have to enjoy the moment and embrace it, Pickens said. Im giving it my all and not holding anything back. Im enjoying it, loving it. I didnt expect I would be playing again. RAKERS DOWN TO ONE SPORT At Carlyle High School, Paige Rakers was a multi-sport standout in volleyball, basketball and softball. Now a freshman at Michigan, Rakers is concentrating solely on basketball after being one of Wolverines coach Kim Barnes Aricos top offseason recruits.
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On Thursday, San Francisco Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow issued a preliminary injunction barring the commission from removing the college’s accreditation until a trial is held on a lawsuit filed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who alleged that political bias and conflicts of interest unlawfully influenced the agency’s decision. Lost accreditation would trigger funding cuts that would shutter the school, San Francisco’s only community college, with nine campuses, 60 academic degrees and 140 vocational programs, from nursing to culinary arts and aircraft mechanics. Nearly 80,000 students attend classes there. Closing the college would be “catastrophic,” Karnow wrote in a 56-page ruling. “The impact on the teachers, faculty, and the city would be incalculable, in both senses of the term: The impact cannot be calculated, and it would be extreme,” the judge wrote.
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Degrees of Value: Making College Pay Off
This approach is already used to great effect by the popular Khan Academy, a sophisticated not-for-profit website where primary and secondary students view lectures at their convenience and perfect their skills through video-game-like software. Students can then use classroom time to work through problems with teachers and apply what they have learned. The idea is to take advantage of mass delivery where it works best and to allow individualized attention where it helps most. Traditional universities are experimenting too. The Georgia Institute of Technology is offering an entirely online master’s degree in computer science for $7,000. This isn’t a ghettoized offering from the extension school but rather, in the words of Georgia Tech Provost Rafael Bras, “a full-service degree.” The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has already put many of its courses online; you can learn from them and even get certification, but there is no degree attached.
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