Community colleges are batting .300

Community colleges graduate or transfer about 30 percent of students. Batting .300 is fine in baseball. Can community colleges do better?

Colleges are adding veterans’ programs — except for community colleges, which attract the most GI Bill users.

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  1. I think this is a very credential-oriented way of looking at community colleges, which have a broader mission and should be open to a more a la carte approache. If a student needs one course or two or three or four to get where they need to go, that is OK (for instance, to polish up their writing, learn about marketing, learn bookkeeping, or whatever).

    Also, absolutely anybody can take community college classes. From talking to a relative who teaches at one, there are some really hopeless cases who take community college classes, people for whom a motel maid job would be a real stretch. It might make sense to stop wasting educational resources on those individuals, but it doesn’t make sense to keep the open enrollment and expect a selective-college level graduation rate. Also, a lot of these community college students have jobs and families and other grown up responsibilities, and they simply aren’t in a position to make school priority #1, nor should they.

  2. Mark Roulo says:

    I wonder how they track transfers.

    I took a calculus course at a local community college years ago, then went on to a UC.

    But I never wrote to the community college that I was transferring. I just didn’t sign up for classes the next quarter.

  3. ChemProf says:

    I sang in a community choir for a while that was officially a community college class (which helped the choir pay the conductor). We all had to sign up as students each semester, but weren’t traditional transfer or degree students. I hate to think that we were messing up their statistics!