In and out of college

Seventy percent of Boston’s public high school graduates go to a four- or two-year college, but few earn a degree or certificate, concludes a study funded by the Boston Foundation. They’re not prepared: At one community college, 80 percent of Boston public graduates required remedial math, reports the Boston Globe.

The study followed Boston students who transferred from one institution to another over a six-year period.  Only 12 percent of Boston students who started at a community college earned a degree or certificate of any kind;  one-third of four-year state college students and 56 percent of four-year, private college students earned a degree within six years.

The most successful local community college offers intensive five-week and 10-week courses to create a sense of urgency for students, emulating University of Phoenix courses for working adults.

Via The College Puzzle.

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  1. Ms Jacobs,
    I learn things when I read you and often have a sense of my inadquacies.Keep up the good work.

  2. And some of my inadequacies include proofreading.

  3. We see the same issue here in Fresno California. So many of my students start at the community college which is just down the street from the high school, and very comfortable, but not cheap. After having to pay for books, fees, and finding that the college does not provide supplies like paper and pencils, the students drop out to work. Many come back to see me and say that no one tells them when an assignment is due or cares if they come to class.

  4. I agree with your post below, blaming teachers is not the solution. As a teacher and a union rep and a dean, I pushed for student accountability. As the author of the book culturism, I have written about the negative impact of multiculturalism. The idea that diversity is superficial, leads us to the explanation that differences in achievement prove the schools are racist. That sets up an antagonistic posture towards education. It also lies in the individualism which means no one can tell the student what to do. That sets up a justification for laziness.

    Well there you have all of my thoughts on education!!!! I’d will check back for your response.

    I also want to invite you to look at my video on education, multiculturalism and culturism – entitled “culturism and education” at

    Thanks!! John Press

  5. Mrs. Davis says:

    Blaming teachers is not a solution. But blaming union reps is. You should be ashamed to be involved in such coercion.

  6. As a teacher and a union rep and a dean, I pushed for student accountability.

    So you pushed for other people than yourself to be accountable. How unselfish of you! Your devotion to duty amazes me!

  7. My kids go to a Boston elementary school. This is the exact reason we’re expanding into a high school.