A Florida community college is changing its name — and offering 10 bachelor’s degrees, dorms, intercollegiate athletics and study-abroad opportunities. The newly named Florida SouthWestern State College also will recruit “brighter” applicants and out-of-state students. State universities aren’t happy about the competition.
Text-message reminders about applying for financial aid boosted second-year enrollment rates for community college students at a cost of $5 per student.
Karina Madrigal “thought college would be too challenging,” perhaps “impossible.” Her parents, Mexican immigrants, hadn’t made it past middle school. “I saw college as a foreign country.” But then, as a high school student, she took a community college class, earning dual enrollment credits — and a new perspective. It was her first step to a PhD.
Community college students who’ve grown up playing video games are flocking to game development programs that teach programming and design. Many plan to transfer to earn a four-year degree, but some game companies are hiring students before they complete a two-year degree.
Most community college students who transfer to a four-year college or university haven’t completed a two-year degree. That lowers their chances of completing a bachelor’s degree, a new study finds. Early transfers often find many of their credits won’t count — or won’t help them complete a major. Often they end up with debt but no degree.
Fast-tracking remedial reading and writing — offering a more rigorous one-semester course — raised success rates at a California community college. Compared to students in the two-semester course, fast-tracked students earned more credits and higher grades and were more likely to complete college English, earn a certificate or degree and transfer to a four-year college or university.
California community college students are taking more courses online, but completion rates are lower in online courses, according to a new report. Online learning appears to help stronger students complete their degrees.
Eighty percent of community college students say they plan to transfer and earn a four-year degree, but only 15 percent will earn a bachelor’s degree in six years. Now colleges and universities are working harder to make the transfer dream a reality.
High-achieving, low-income community college transfers can succeed at very selective four-year colleges and universities, according to a study for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.