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Community Colleges: Students Face New Problem

November 29, 2011 by Geneva Reid
Posted in: Special Report


Students seeking a less costly education have been clamoring to attend community colleges. But they’re facing an unexpected obstacle. According to a recent Pearson Foundation Community College Student Survey, nearly 40% of community college students couldn’t register for a class this semester because it was full.

Here are some other findings regarding community college students:

  • 47% have taken at least one course online in fall 2011
  • 74% were satisfied with their online course(s)
  • 39% would like to take all their classes online

The survey also looked at how community college students are using technology. It found:

  • Nearly 10% own a tablet device
  • 64% use their tablets for academic-related activities
  • 42% use smartphones in the same way

One more interesting area of questions: Did students feel their high schools prepared them for college:

  • 52% said no
  • 48% would have liked basic skills to be emphasized in high school
  • 52% would’ve liked more courses offered
  • 49% would’ve preferred more challenging courses to be offered.

What’s your take on the survey results? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Bill

    I think secondary education does not challenge students. There seems to be this pervasive attitude that children cannot learn or retain knowledge from one year to the next so they reteach the same subject matter over and over. Students get really bored and quit trying. They pass anyway because if too many students fail the teacher is criticized. The students are advanced regardless. Instead of one size fits all classes and subjects, why are students not pressed to learn more each year and to advance at a faster rate. Let the students who desire to progress at a faster clip the opportunity to finish a course as fast as they want and then proceed to the next class. You would probably have third and fourth graders pressing through courses at the current middle school level before you know it.

  • Marti

    The “learn and be challenged” is lost on public K-12 schools for all the reasons “Bill” stated. This is just one of many reasons more and more parents are choosing to Home School. I know there are many pros and cons on the Home School issue. I different discussion! Anecdotedly, I currently have four HomeSchool grads (one 15, three 16) in a sophomore level BLaw class …they set the standard of excellence. I have had many HomeSchool grads in my class and there are never issues with Basic Skills from them.


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