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Study: Community colleges lack rigor, but incoming students ill prepared

There’s been a lot of talk lately of college- and career-readiness for high-school graduates, but according to a study released Tuesday, what community colleges actually require is less rigorous than we think – and many high school graduates aren’t meeting even those low standards. What is being taught and emphasized in high school math and English, moreover, is out of alignment with what is needed to succeed in community college, the report concludes. The study, from the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), set out to look at what is actually required of first-year community college students

AAUW Urges Action on Child Care, Women’s STEM Participation at Community Colleges

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) organization released a report Thursday to bring attention to the need for community colleges to facilitate campus-based child care services as well as to highlight the potential of community colleges for enabling women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The report, “Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success” pays “special attention to student mothers and the importance of child care in enabling the educational success of women at community colleges,” said Dr. Catherine Hill …

Some remedial math classes unnecessary at community colleges, study says

Many students are sent to remedial math classes at community colleges to learn high school math they won’t need in their first-year programs anyway, according to new research on what it takes to be successful in community college. Colleges nationwide have been looking for ways to reduce the high numbers of students who must take English or math classes to meet prerequisites. Colleges generally require incoming students to take placement tests in English and math, and the failure rates are high. A survey last year found that on average, 52 percent of students entering two-year …

No. 1 Brookdale reclaims Region XIX softball crown

Brookdale Community College’s women’s softball team is back on top. The Jersey Blues went into the Region XIX Tournament at Middlesex County College in Edison (May 4-5) ranked No. 1 in the country and left it where they started after defeating defending national champion Gloucester County College, 5-2, in the finals on May 5. “We knew a lot of teams were coming at us,” said pitcher Samantha Hosey, who was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “After the first game (4-1 win over Northampton Community College) we just went with it.

BCC’s Johnson garners 500th career victory

When the Brookdale Community College baseball team swept Globe Institute of Technology, 5- 4 and 15-1, on April 27, it gave head coach Johnny Johnson his 500th win as leader of the historic program. Johnson, who is in his 15th year in charge of the Jersey Blues, has been named the Region XIX Coach of the Year five times and the Garden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year six times in his illustrious career at the helm. Johnson’s career record now stands at 502-184. Johnson, who starred at Middletown High School South before playing at Brookdale, had big shoes to fill when he replaced Hall of Fame coach Paul MacLaughlin …

Legal issues just beginning for Sandy victims, pro-bono attorney says

Hurricane Sandy is long over, with reconstruction under way in most places, but for many impacted by the storm, problems are still piling up – legal problems, that is. That is why a cadre of pro-bono attorneys has fanned out throughout areas of New Jersey to provide legal advice to affected residents. Cathy Keenan, director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, says her volunteers have seen an upswing in storm survivors asking for legal assistance. “People’s legal issues right now are more acute than they were previously,” Keenan said.

Brookdale shines in NJAC tourney

The Brookdale Community College men’s tennis team won National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Region XIX Tournament titles at three flights at Mercer County Park on Saturday. Winning at first singles was second-seeded freshman MacLane Smoke (Manasquan). Prevailing at second singles was No. 2 sophomore Ambrose Tingan (Neptune). The second-seeded Smoke and Tingan won at first doubles. Smoke (12-3) toppled top-seeded Ahmad al-Shawafi of Mercer County Community College 6-3, 6-4…

Brookdale College Goes to the (Therapy) Dogs

Maria Ramiro sat in a circle alongside other Brookdale Community College students, admiring Molly the miniature schnauzer — a furry, teddy bear-like ball of fluff, perched on all fours and showing off her pink tongue.

LINCROFT: Ex-NFL-ERS TAKE IT TO THE HOOP

It was average Joes vs football pros on the hardwood last Friday night as local amateur and school basketball teams faced off against a “dream-team” consisting of past and present NFL players – all in the name of charity. The Hoops for Hope event, created by local son turned NFL player Lonnie Allgood and held at Brookdale Community College’s Collins Arena, consisted of a series of quick exhibition games and other activities to raise money for Dreams for Kids and the YMCA’s Strong Kids program, dedicated to providing underprivileged kids with a healthy lifestyle.

N.J. seeks to grant $1.27B to higher ed: Monmouth, Ocean schools would receive $47.4 million

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has submitted a list of more than $1.27 billion in higher-education construction projects to the Legislature for its approval, including $47.4 million for schools in Ocean and Monmouth counties. The list of 176 projects announced Monday night was derived from among more than 250 applications filed by colleges around New Jersey — public and private, four-year universities and two-year community colleges, including Ocean County and Brookdale community colleges, Beth Medrash Govoha and Georgian Court University.

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