Latino and black students are as likely to start college as whites but less likely to earn a degree. Most start at community colleges with open admissions and low graduation rates. In East Los Angeles, there’s a move to help disadvantaged students start at state universities in hopes of raising their graduation rates.
Under pressure to improve graduation rates, community colleges could close their doors to poorly prepared students. That would be easy, effective and wrong, argues the American Association of Community Colleges.
Even after fee increases, California’s community colleges are among the cheapest in the nation– only if students’ time has no value.
California community colleges offer “open access and limited success,” says a new task force report, which calls for focusing scarce resources on new students and motivated students who choose an academic plan and make progress toward a certificate or degree. Students who’ve taken lots of classes without completing a credential would go on wait lists and eventually lose fee waivers.