Category: Education Related
Date: 03 Jan 2011
Time: 00:11:40 -0700
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
The third paragraph of an
AP article headlined "Texas community colleges see booming enrollment" just
confirms what you and I already know. In talking about community colleges, it
says, “… nearly one half of students were not ready for college level work in
one or more areas.” This is from the Texas Higher Educating Coordinating Board.
A number of years ago, I remember reading an article that reported that a very large part of community college expenditures went for remedial education. As I recall, it was in the area of 25%-30%. This means we as tax payers are paying for the educating, or the lack thereof, twice. Once for their so-called high school education and a second time if they go college.
While the article does not mention figures, it describes graduation and retention rates as being markedly low, meaning that a large amount of the money we have spent, and will spend, on secondary education at community colleges is wasted.
I am a strong supporter of community colleges but this situation needs to be corrected. The community colleges have eagerly accepted students that are not qualified so that they can build their bureaucracy by doing remedial education to secure state funds.
Burley's analysis, in his last sentence, is spot-on in my opinion.
Listener Wayne sends this interesting article: Some rethink "open door" admissions policy in community colleges