Community college students need structure

With weak academic skills and little “college knowledge,” community college students  need structure, block scheduling and better teaching, writes Aspen Institute’s Josh Wyner.

“Student success” courses, also known as College 101, need to improve to have long-term impacts on students’ persistence, concludes a new study.

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  1. Florida resident says:

    What a “deep” conclusion from the “study”:
    “Re-envisioned, community colleges would focus their hiring, professional development, and tenure systems on a single goal: improved teaching and learning. Professors would be hired solely for their teaching ability and willingness to continually improve their craft. They would be expected to improve their teaching in measurable ways and would be given consistent on-the-job support to help make that happen.” See


    You do not have to be “Education researcher” to come to such a trivial conclusion.

  2. With many students who had been away from the classroom for years, I worked some ‘how to study’ into my science classes. I suggested ways to organize material, ways to study, etc. Most of my students worked at least one full-time job and many were raising kids, so they crammed in college classes wherever they fit their schedules. The good ones were regimented in their study, though – always at 8 when the kids go to bed, or Sunday afternoon while spouse has the kids. Many would have struggled to fit in a skills class, but they were happy to pick my brain for 15 minutes after class to get the specific help that they needed.

  3. What Wyner is saying is that many students who arrive at CC having recently graduated from high school, need more high school. He might be right, but as Lu-Lu points out, older students who are merely rusty do not need this level of hand-holding and they can’t commit large time blocks just so the instructor can monitor them while they do their homework. One size does not fit all.

  4. Bostonian says:

    Employers have valued the college degree because it measured whether someone could succeed with minimal hand-holding, unlike high school. With enough hand-holding students can graduate from “college”, but their degrees will signify than they used to.