Study: Calif. Community Colleges Fail To Prep Students

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new study finds that most students seeking degrees at California’s community colleges never get them.

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The report says 70 percent of degree-seeking students who entered community college in the 2003-2004 school year didn’t graduate or transfer to four-year universities within six years.

Only 26 percent of black students and 26 percent of Latinos completed a degree or certificate program or transferred to a four-year school. The rate was 37 percent for white students.

The report titled “Divided We Fail” was released by the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy at California State University, Sacramento and 15 other organizations.

The authors call for a better system to track student progress that could help campuses boost completion and transfer rates.

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  • Linda Van

    that’s cuz most kids who go to jc go there because they were not academically eligible to go to 4-yr schools in the first place.

    • robert

      it’s not the schools job it’s the students.
      it has nothing to do with race it has to do with brains.

    • jazz1152

      You used words like ‘CUZ” to express yourself shows that you must be academically ineligible also.

      Community Colleges are economical and they are convieniently located. There are some students who are ineligible but not due to their intellect. Universities can afford to be reject even students with good grades but with average SAT scores.

      Universities have become education corporations. If you do your research you will find that within the last 10 years university tuition has increased 300 – 400%

  • Linda Van

    You make some good points. I am well aware that tuition is nearly beyond reach anymore. I am also aware that students fail for myriad reasons. Incidentally, I hold bachelor and master’s degrees as well as a juris doctorate; I wrote “cuz” because today I just felt like it.

  • bob

    you wrote CUZ, because you will always be ghetto and the degree you bought doesn’t count. A JD writing CUZ, that’s a joke.

    JC are a valuable resource and should not be undermined. I know this guy who wrote CUZ is the kind that gives a bad name to JC’s

  • mbb

    From AP: Just 54 percent of students entering four-year colleges in 1997 had a degree six years later — and even fewer Hispanics and blacks did, according to some of the latest government figures. After borrowing for school but failing to graduate, many of those students may be worse off than if they had never attended college at all.

    Students read articles such as the one quoted above from AP Newswire and find the dilemma of making a very difficult decision about their future education. Given the current state of the US economy, why do they want to accrue tens of thousands of dollars of debt for a degree that the odds are, will not create any greater opportunity of securing the necessary salary in order to pay that debt off? AA, BA, BS, MA, MS, or JD does not put a roof over your head let alone pay off the educational debt if the only jobs to be had offer nominal pay. Just a thought…..

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