Tuesday, Dec. 7 : Community College Graduation Rates

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Viva La Literature

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The Callie Crossley Show

Marjorie Garber and Alicia Anstead join us.

Fri., 6/29/12
Let's Do the Time Warp (Never) Again!

Fri., 6/29/12
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Garen Daly joins us.

Fri., 6/29/12
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Fri., 6/29/12
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The Callie Crossley Show

Peter Kadzis, Gintautas Dumcius and Sue O'Connell join us.

Thurs., 6/28/12
The Gavel Comes Down on Government

Thurs., 6/28/12
The Gavel Comes Down on Government

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Arnie Arnesen, Robert Whitcomb and Brian Rosman join us..

Wed., 6/27/12
60 Feet Underground

Wed., 6/27/12
60 Feet Underground

The Callie Crossley Show

Leon Neyfakh joins us.

Wed., 6/27/12
The Pru: A Love/Hate Story

Wed., 6/27/12
The Pru: A Love/Hate Story

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Elihu Rubin joins us.


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President Obama has made community colleges a priority, and has brought renewed focus to the educational institutions that pledge open access to higher education.  But although they may be accessible in terms of cost, flexibility, and location, their graduation rates are staggeringly low, hovering in most cases around the mid teens.  Even Quincy College, which boasts the highest graduation rate in the Massachusetts, presented diplomas to a mere 26 percent of its most recent cohort of students.  Many have pointed to these percentages as a cause for concern, but Massasoit Community College president Charles Wall says the data is leaving out a big part of the picture.  He argues that we should be fixing the way we measure success, rather than rates of graduation as they are currently calculated.  We're joined by President Wall, and by Richard Kazis, Senior Vice President of Jobs For The Future.

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