Community colleges expect little of their students, concludes the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. “No one rises to low expectations,” says Vincent Tinto, a Syracuse University education professor and advisory board member. From USA Today:
. . . 67% of full-time students said they spent 10 or fewer hours preparing for class in an average week, and 24% said they always came to class prepared. Among full-time students, 29% said they had written four or fewer papers of any length during the current school year.
“Students aren’t going to learn to write well at that rate,” survey director Kay McClenney says.
When her organization asks students in focus groups about their academic experiences, she says, “one of the more poignant things we hear, and we hear it relatively often, is: ‘They don’t expect enough of me.’ “
About 36 percent of community college students complete a degree of some kind within six years.