Monday, September 04, 2006

Students Not Prepared at Two-Year Colleges

The United States now has 1,200 community colleges, or two-year colleges, and many students and parents are attracted to them because of their low tuition, convenient locations, and open-door admissions policies. At their best, they can offer students smaller classes and possibly higher GPAs that will get them into four-year colleges.

However, Michael Kirst, a Stanford professor, has issued a study finding that " . . . 73 percent of students entering community colleges hoped to earn four-year degrees, but that only 22 percent had done so after six years.

"'You can get into school,' Professor Kirst said. 'That’s not a problem. But you can’t succeed.’'

"Nearly half the 14.7 million undergraduates at two- and four-year institutions never receive degrees. The deficiencies turn up not just in math, science and engineering, areas in which a growing chorus warns of difficulties in the face of global competition, but also in the basics of reading and writing."

Click HERE to read this very interesting and informative article from the New York Times.

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