Community Colleges Under Stress

Source: Matthew Zeidenberg, Issues in Science and Technology, Vol. 24 no. 4, Summer 2008

There is a core mission shared by virtually all community colleges of enabling low-income students and those with relatively weak academic achievement to continue their education and acquire useful skills. Due to increased recognition of the benefits of higher education, and the rising costs of four-year degrees, disproportionate numbers of minority and immigrant students are applying to two-year community colleges. Many community colleges are finding it difficult to deal with this new enrollment onslaught. This article details three key challenges that community colleges face: unprepared students, financial stress, and high dropout rates.

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