California Community Colleges Fail Miserably

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A newly published report by the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at Cal State Sacramento released Tuesday, found an alarming lack of success at the state’s 112 campuses, which collectively enroll one-quarter of the nation’s community college students.

The “Divided We Fail” study tracked 250,000 students over a period of six years and found that only 30 percent completed a two-year degree or eventually transferred to a four-year school. Minorities, including Latinos and black students had even a lower success rate. The vast majority of students simply drop out.

The report suggests that the system is failing the students and needs drastic revamping. Critics contend that the system has been focused more on open access for all students, with far less focus on success. According to the report’s coauthor, Nancy Shulock, “Unlike other developing countries with which California and other states have to compete, each generation is getting less educated and attaining fewer higher degrees. The gaps are large and critical and when you look at the future face of California, they are the ones for whom we’re not delivering much success.”

California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott was traveling Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.

San Francisco Chronicle

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