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Should anyone consider community colleges?
Fri Feb 9, 2018 6:31pm

I've mixed feelings, but believe there are some good reasons to consider community colleges.

The Pros:
Some are laid out in the article as far as costs, avoiding the heavy far left indoctrination at 4 year institutions, and the temptations of the party style atmosphere that pervades most 4 year institutions.

The Cons:
You may not always receive a high quality education in every class. Of course, the same thing can happen at 4 year institutions as well, but it's not as likely. In some cases, you may actually get a better education in some subject matter at a community college. It's kind of a crap shoot as far as it can be dependent upon who ends up teaching you. Even at a 4 year institution some faculty are better than others. Sometimes at 4 year institutions you are taught lower level courses by graduate students. Some are outstanding and others are mediocre on their good days.

Here's what I know for a fact. There are students at 4 year institutions that sometimes have trouble getting good grades or even passing grades in math or some other difficult subject. A common solution to this is to take the same course at a community college where it is typically much easier. I have personally known of students that have done this for classes like calculus and anatomy.

Here are my suggestions on it if finances are tough and a community college is the only option. Go to a community college that has a good reputation. Be sure and research who are the best faculty and enroll in classes taught by them. You can save money and when you do get to a 4 year institution you'll have a more solid foundation to build upon. By taking classes from the better faculty, you won't have to struggle to catch up and keep up so much. I've seen students from community colleges that skated through community college not caring or taking courses from the easier faculty, then struggle when they hit a 4 year university due to being somewhat educationally shortchanged at a community college.

That's my 2 cents worth.

Conservatives Should Consider Community Colleges

By George Leef — February 9, 2018

Community colleges are stereotyped as pathetic excuses for “real college” where the loser kids go. Enroll in one, and you’ll suffer the embarrassment forever, and you’ll get little or none of that legendary “college earnings premium.”

If that’s your opinion, you should think again, writes Professor Rob Jenkins in today’s Martin Center article.

Any parents (but especially those with a conservative bent) should consider the benefits of a community college, he argues. As for the politics, your son or daughter is far less likely to encounter the kind of irritating, time-wasting, zealous advocacy for leftism they’re apt to encounter at many four-year schools. And students won’t get drawn into devastating lifestyle mistakes (drugs, binge drinking, hookup culture) that have ruined many students at “real” colleges.

What about academics? The rap on community colleges is that they must be bad because their graduation rates are usually low. Jenkins responds to pointing out that whether a student graduates (and learns much) depends on him as an individual. Forget about averages — its individual action that matters in any college. Jenkins writes, “Students who enter a community college with high-school grades and standardized test scores commensurate with success at a university will almost certainly succeed at the community college level — and then again at the university level, once they transfer.”

And there is also the matter of money. Spending two years at a community college will save the family many thousands of dollars in tuition and other expenses.

Professor Jenkins concludes, “conservative state legislators should ensure that community colleges remain adequately funded and accessible, not only for the financially needy and academically underprepared students they have traditionally served, but also for middle-class students looking to get a good education without having to mortgage their futures — or sell their souls.”

To Jenkins’s case, I’ll add one more point: Community colleges have not gone in for the idiotic curricular mandates you find at most four-year colleges, such as “diversity” courses.


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