More high school grads start at community colleges

The recession hasn’t depressed college enrollment, but more high school graduates are starting at community colleges.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  Most community college students never complete a credential because they never start a college-level program of study, a researcher says. Students need clear pathways.

Arizona is likely to approve a plan to fund public colleges and universities based on performance as well as enrollment.

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  1. Michael E. Lopez says:

    The pathways are clear. It’s just that they start in 5th grade, and you’re either on the bus…

  2. Here is another secret, almost every student should complete their core requirements at a junior or community college along with selecting a major that will allow the student to transfer to a 4 year college after completing the coursework at the junior/comm. college (and perhaps obtaining an associates degree as well).

    I also agree that the student needs to start looking at their future education at least starting in grades 6-7, so that they can get ready to take the needed coursework in high school to succeed in college.

  3. Richard Aubrey says:

    Bill. Just what I was doing in the sixth grade. My parents were attempting to do it for me, but you know how us kids have these long planning horizons, of as much as a week.
    Well, CC teaches you to work, despite –some–distractions, on your studying. Being around home is a bummer at that age, but a lot better than a dorm full of other kids all away from home for the first time.
    When you think about it, people that age go away from home to…the military. Where they have a good deal of supervision and little spare time in which to get into trouble. Works, mostly.
    Or they set up on their own, mostly with a couple of friends, and live in squalor, by all accounts.
    Eventually, they grow up.
    Be interesting to see if there’s a way to control for various variables and see if a dorm is a handicap for a freshman.