FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR STUDENTS?
MAYBE NOT. Maybe with strings attached.
Further to the Obama idea of providing free education to college students, Carol J. Carter has some excellent points in The Huffington Post.
The piece was co-written by Sarah Lyman Kravits and Maureen Breeze.
The writers mention several things to keep in mind re this complex subject.
Here as their introduction to the post.
“The student demographics are complex. More than 50 percent of students entering a two-year college are placed in remedial classes, and four in 10 of those students in community college will not earn a degree. Returning and nontraditional students face additional problems, like adapting to advances in technology, getting into the practice of studying, and balancing work, life, and family demands with school.
In America, college as a requirement to get a decent job is a new concept, funneling more first-generation to college students into the system than ever before. While we can have the expectation that all students should go to college, first-generation students often lack role models and social/emotional support structures to support this expectation.
In addition, many community college faculty are adjuncts. While they may be content experts, rarely do they have a deep understanding of the complex student populations represented in their classrooms such as ELL, learning disabled, and low-income students. Many adjunct faculty are underpaid, work at multiple institutions, and are responsible for teaching core skills to students who may wrestle with day-to-day issues that often undermine their ability to complete a degree or certificate program.”
Then they offer some advice including the following:
SET AND MAINTAIN HIGH EXPECTATIONS
True, the students (mostly) respond to them
MAKE PIPELINE IMPROVEMENTS
True, they don’t read and write too good.
RECRUIT COMMUNITY MENTORS AND ROLE MODELS.
Yeah, well, lots of luck with that in most places.
BETTER STILL, HAVE THEM TAKE MY STUDENT SUCCESS COURSE AT DROPOUT TO DEAN’S LIST
PROVIDE FREE COLLEGE SUCCESS COURSES. Ok, yes but…
Yes, but MOST OF THESE ARE CRAP. I’ll explain in a future post.
Too much to discuss here.
The point is many of these students can still do well with the right approach.
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- They get individual attention for their individual problems and and we get results.
- It ain’t like the school system where they can get lost easily and never find their way back.
If you or a child of yours is ready to learn about him or herself, do the work, accept my guidance and care, we can do this.
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There’s no obligation.
If you think It’s right for you, we’ll talk some more.
If you don’t, that’s perfectly fine…at least you’ll get somebody to listen, really listen to you for half an hour.
At zero cost.
As in none.
If you could have done this by yourself, you would have done it by now.
If you wait, it’ll be another year of depression, worry, stress and frustration.
And, my list of students will fill up.
Life is too short and either you (if you are a young person) or your children, are growing up fast.
You’ve suffered with worrying about your kid for too long already.
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I’m with you.
Let’s do some educational reform together.
Read the entire Huffington Post article HERE
Carol J. Carter is a student-success author (Keys to Success) and international expert and the founder of GlobalMindED.org.
Sarah Lyman Kravits is a student-success author and faculty member at Montclair State University.
Maureen Breeze is a lead trainer at LifeBound Academic Coaching and is a student-success expert and author.