Ready or not, students get college aid

Pell Grant recipients, who come from lower-income families, often start college in remedial classes and drop out before earning a degree. Requiring evidence of college readiness, such as SAT scores of at least 850 (verbal and math) and a 2.5 grade point average in high school, would boost success rates, but limit access.

California leads the nation in poorly educated adults and in low-income workers, not a coincidence. Should community colleges take over adult education? 

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  1. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Of course we’re going to limit access. We do that by requiring a high school diploma (in most cases).

    The question is and has always been one of HOW MUCH we are going to limit access, and what sorts of limitations are appropriate.

    • Why should community colleges handle adult education?

      The term ‘COLLEGE’ usually denotes a LEVEL of EDUCATION beyond grades K-12 (at least it used to in the United States, don’t know about other countries).

      I’m not talking about a person who is taking courses 10+ years after graduating from high school to get their skills current, but someone who has absolutely, positively, no business being admitted to college in the first place.


      • I agree. I’d like to see the end of HS-level classes at CCs for recent grads. School districts need to bring back adult ed classes – with NO additional funding (but could charge a modest fee, no grants) – to teach what they were supposed to have taught before kids graduated. Also, lower required attendance age to 14 or completion of 8th grade, so that HS is for kids willing to work. I’d allow re-entry into HS for kids under 20, but no older; those kids would have to go to adult ed.

  2. I think that remedial classes at community colleges are OK, but they should NOT be at major universities.

  3. No, CCs should not be in charge of adult high school equivalencies. These students should be in alternative high school from age 18 until the age of 21 and on an IEP if they did not disrupt others’ learning on the days they did attend prior to age 18.