Prioritizing ‘success’ comes under fire

California’s community colleges should focus on educating students who are making progress toward a certificate or degree, giving lower priority to “permanent students” and people seeking enrichment courses, recommends a state task force. College newspapers are campaigning against the changes, saying students should be able to explore without committing to completing a “program of study.”

Also on Community College Spotlight:  One out of four students enrolled in community college in fall 2010 was not enrolled anywhere by the following semester, though that includes students who earned a certificate or degree.

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  1. Man, first “Community” gets put on hiatus and now this.

  2. Well, as someone who has a pair of degrees from a community college, I’d have to agree with this concept.

    In reality, the college completion rate in the US has pretty much remained between 25-35% for the last 30-40 years. Using this information, it’s a pretty safe bet that two out of every three persons who start a degree program will never finish it within 8 years.

    Also, the more remediation a student needs, the chances are as high as 90% that they’ll never complete a degree or certification program. A solid lack of english and math skills is usually the culprit here, which in many cases is material which should have been mastered in grades K-12 or in adult education.

    Students who do not have the skills to complete college level work should be directed to areas such as adult education, or some local tutoring to get their skills up to speed (note, I am not talking about a student who interrupted their studies and is returning after a long hiatus to complete their education, but rather those individuals who do not have the needed skills to progress through a program of study).

  3. What if you are someone that gets some new responsibilities at work and needs to pick up a few specific classes such as an accounting class? My first thought would be to go to the community college. The state may want to to get out of this business but it seems like a good investment to me.