Recent high school graduates enrolled full-time at residential colleges make up only 15 percent of college students. Colleges are failing their older, working, part-time students who make up the “new majority.”
Community college leaders worry that President Obama’s college ratings system will penalize open-access schools. Part-time students, who make up the majority at community colleges, aren’t tracked by the federal data system. Some students — nobody knows how many — say they’re seeking a degree to qualify for federal aid when they’re really trying to learn a job skill.