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Community colleges offer short degree programs, typically two years or less and often focused on a vocational or technical skill.

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My professor changed a take-home test to an in-class test with no notice. Can I fight the grade?

I’m a college student. For a recent test, the professor originally said that the test was extremely difficult and long and therefore they were going to send us a picture of the exam an hour and a half ...
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Am I being a "mean" instructor, denying an extension on a take home exam?

I am teaching part time at a community college (in the US) and I have one student who is about 16, I think he is a senior in high school (at least he is about to graduate HS in the spring). He is ...
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Is there anything I can do about a teacher who is rumored to be unreasonably severe and whose class I am about to take?

Background Due to a change in schedule, I recently had to swap one course section (with a supposedly outstanding instructor) for another (with a different instructor). Problem Based on a number of ...
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Is it reasonable to have a mandatory in-person exam for an online course?

It has recently been proposed that our college's math department move away from giving remote, online exams to our online students, and begin mandating that all students take (at least) an in-person ...
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Am I right to be frustrated that my professor does not actually teach?

This is a 101 philosophy class in an online format. Each week we have over 100 dense pages of a textbook to read as our sole source of information for the class. The teacher does not do any teaching ...
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How to establish a presence at a community college that might lead to adjuncting

I'm an engineer with a M.S. and 20+ years of industry experience. I always wanted to teach but I left grad school for industry to help pay the bills. I have no regrets, but I do have a very strong ...
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Could teaching at community college for a few years harm my career?

If one aspired to a traditional, research-based academic career in a major university, would teaching for a few years at a community college (say, after the Master's) be damaging to one's CV? I'm ...
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How can I know if I am working fast enough to finish my PhD?

I am a second-year math Ph.D. student without a master's degree who likes taking math classes and loves TAing and tutoring, but dislikes research. During the first semester of my second year, I spent ...
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Do professors need to pay to send letters of recommendation via postal mail?

I'm an international student currently studying in a community college in the United States. I'm applying to a Japanese university and they require me to send them two recommendation letters from my ...
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How should a new professor sign their name in emails to students?

I just finished my PhD and am starting an adjunct position at a local community college. I was responding to my first email from a student when I came across a problem I've never had before: I don't ...
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Interdisciplinary Problem Session hosted by Mathematics Department: Advice

I work in a Department of Mathematics in the Irish Institute of Technology sector. Funding for mathematics research has been reduced by the Higher Education Authority and between this, a heavy ...
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How can I protect a course I created independently from being taken by the community college I substitute for, when I am about to teach it there?

I have created a course independent of the community college I substitute for. I contacted the CE department about a year ago to see if my course would be something I could offer as a CE course at the ...
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Difference between "2-year community or junior colleges" and "4 year undergraduate program" in USA

I am confused about the USA education system. I looked up the Wikipedia page about K-12. In particular, the figure on the right of that page. Let's supposed I have just finished high school and I want ...
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Do two lesser degrees ever equal a higher degree?

I have an AA in Liberal Arts and am one semester away from an AS in Computer Programming and Analysis. I will have to double check the numbers but I will have around 140 credit hours which is similar ...
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How to intervene with a student struggling in the major?

As a lecturer, at the start of each semester in all of my courses, I have students complete a first-day diagnostic quiz on topics from the prerequisite course. There are usually a few significant ...
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What would a good written policy for scaling exam grades look like?

I'm not in the habit of scaling exams, although I'm aware that the practice is widespread and highly recommended in some circles (such as grading on a curve). To my recollection, none of my college ...
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Everybody cheats, administration does not care, what to do?

Context: A friend of mine is ending their first year in a community college (in France, called IUT, 2-year diploma) near my school, and apparently the school administration is quite lenient about ...
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How to deal with inactive students in a testing session?

In testing sessions that I proctor now, there are frequently one or more students who are not actually working on the test for extended periods of time. Perhaps they are just staring into space, or ...
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Should I take a summer class at my university or a community college?

I am an economics major in my second year looking to pursue a master's in statistics after graduation. This semester I am taking calculus 2 and will be taking calculus 3 this coming summer. I am ...
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What should go in a CV for first teaching position at a community college?

I am looking to apply for a teaching position near my town at a local community college. It's a part time position teaching mathematics (and from my research its up to highschool/first year calculus). ...
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Can someone with only a bachelor's degree teach at a community college?

Can someone with a bachelor's degree teach at a community college, or are they required to have something more?
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Pushback on unorganized professors, for older adult student

I'm hoping you can help. My background is that I became a parent at an early age, and chose at the time to prioritized raising and feeding my child over going to college. Doing both really wasn't an ...
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Is it ethical to have a former student serve on my hiring committee at a community college?

Recently in an interview for a full-time faculty position at the college I work as an adjunct; one of the members was a former student of mine. This student barely passed my class the first time and ...
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Community College Math Prof. Prospect

Where can I find reliable statistics/info on the outlook of tenure math teaching jobs at the community college level? Teaching is my biggest reward, I love math, and I refuse to enter industry (but I ...
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Is it common for community colleges in the US to have IRBs?

I'm coming to the end of my PhD in a social science field, and given the unlikelihood of landing a research-oriented position at really any university, I'm finding myself in the position of having to ...
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Are there really disadvantages of community college and state Uni for undergrad compared to 4 years state Uni?

I am finishing up my undergrad in marketing. I started off my college career at a Community College and then I am finishing my last 2 years at a local state university. This has saved me over $50k ...
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Can someone with only a master's degree promoted to a permanent full-time faculty at a two-year college? [closed]

Long story short, I am a master's graduate it statistics, and I recently applied to enrol in a local two-year college program to land a job in my rural hometown (I prefer to have a career in my rural ...
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Could trying to prove myself after being accused of academic dishonesty cause me to get a more severe penalty if I don't do well?

I have been accused of cheating on my math final. I did not cheat. There was no "trial" and the only evidence is that (1) my hands were out of the frame, and (2) my work "looked like a ...
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Data on costs of two-year colleges in the US, by state?

I teach at a community college in California. Our students' tuition is approximately 85% subsidized for the half of our students who can't show enough financial need, and 100% subsidized for the other ...
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What is the scope of an unregistered IRB? [closed]

The community college I attend has an IRB that is not registered with the FDA and is supposed to review projects conducted by students or faculty. I (as a student) would like to conduct a survey (that ...
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Should I do Master or PhD to teach in community college?

I currently have Bachelors in Economics and Math, and I'm doing full-time research in Economics right now. My initial plan was to do PhD in Economics and work in academia, but after doing research, ...
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What does GE stand for in community colleges and education?

I found this comment on a youtube video: My own community college graduation is tonight actually. I’m getting two associate’s degrees and will be transferring to University of California, Irvine. I ...
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Best practices for sample size in disaggregation of data on educational outcomes

The California community college where I teach has a prescribed system for collecting and analyzing data on students' success and then disaggregating the data by race. As a department, we are required ...
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Is it worth applying for a job to community colleges in the US as a foreigner (no visa)? [closed]

Would a small college (e.g., community college) in the US be interested in employing some PhD graduate (as an instructor) that does not already have a visa? Would they bother do the bureaucratic work ...
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Lower division vs Upper division

In the United States, what is the difference between lower division and upper division in colleges and universities?
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Is community college GPA not included as the net GPA on the resume?

I am a student in the US who is going to graduate with my bachelor's degree and I want to start applying for jobs. I am not sure if what GPA should I provide for job applications on my CV. I studied ...
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What's the chance of a lecturer in foreign country to obtain a teaching job in US community college? [closed]

I'm asking this question for my mom, who has been a college lecturer for 20+ years in communication study related field in non-English speaking country. She got her master degree in US back in 1990. ...
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Should I drop out of the IB Diploma Program if I am about to graduate with an associate's degree? [closed]

I'm a junior in high school who goes to an IB (International Baccalaureate) school in the US. I also have been taking enough community college classes to graduate with an AA in Computer Science before ...
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I graduated but school is withholding my degree [closed]

I graduated in 2016 for my Associates Degree. My college told me to enroll in history 11 over at a different college (they dropped me from the class by mistake and I couldn’t get back into it because ...
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To whom can I report an instructor who is teaching 35+ credit hours across five universities in one semester?

I have a prof who is teaching between five universities, full-time at one and adjunct at the others. This semester alone they're teaching over 35 credit hours, which is double a regular full-time ...
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Teaching mathematics at the college level, [closed]

Can I teach a college level math course at a community college with secondary mathematics certification.
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What are the chances for an H4 international masters student to get a teaching job at a US community college?

I have a B.E Civil Engineering and M.tech Environmental Engineering degree from India. Also I have 2 years of teaching experience in an Engineering college in India. Currently I am residing in US. Is ...
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Earning post-graduate math hours after your master's [closed]

This is in the US, in case it's unclear. I'm interested in teaching math at the 2-year college level. I have an interdisciplinary MS with a strong engineering focus. I see openings that require "a ...
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How do you get back into teaching after being overseas for 10 years and lacking good computer skills?

This isn't about myself, so kindly bare with me. I'll try to make this question as generic as possible. I already read U.S. humanities professors: Can you get back into academia if you leave? and Does ...
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Community college transcript [closed]

A while ago I messed up my community college transcript with withdrawing from classes frequently due to certain circumstances. But I actually do enjoy school, learning, and want to rectify what has ...
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Can I teach English at a community college with only a Bachelor's degree? [duplicate]

Can I teach at a community college with only a Bachelor's degree? I am interested in the liberal arts. Specifically: English. I read someone else's post with a similar question, and the responses ...
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Using ChatGPT to paraphrase cited texts and personal texts for assignments

I study ATHE Level-4 Diploma in Computing, regulated by UK based Ofqual. Since March 2023, quillbot(a type of paraphrasing tool) kind of works slow on both my home network and college network. The two ...
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What do you recommend me doing if my math instructor isn't very good and I know I can learn the same content better elsewhere?

Currently, my math professor isn't very good and I have had plenty of experience using Khan Academy and my Googling skills. However, I'm afraid that if I diverge from the class, I might accidentally ...
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How to proceed when a required math class is preventing me from graduation? [closed]

I started working on an AS degree in 2014. I took the required math class and failed it twice. I then passed all my other classes, but was told I would have to take the math AGAIN. So the entire ...
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Can I take two consecutive classes simultaneously? [closed]

For example, I would like to take Intermediate Spanish I AND Intermediate Spanish II at the same time. Can colleges, in general, allow that? If my advisor says to me that they think it cannot be done, ...
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