Central Inefficiencies Of The Community College System Essay

1484 Words Dec 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Central Inefficiencies of the Community College System College completion has been the central issue over college access. Community colleges were designed to expand college enrollment for underrepresented students at a low cost. After the Great Recession, students have flocked to community colleges all over the nation, but the rate of completion are still lagging. Funding a program that only intends to maximize access creates no progress scholastically or professionally for these students. Accountability and transparency in postsecondary performance are key to the success of these institutions. Community colleges were not designed for completion of high quality programs, rather they were designed to have maximum enrollment to serve as many locals as possible. This emphasis on maximum enrollment for a low cost has lead to these institutions offering a wide variety of classes and programs that the students have to navigate on their own. The lack of guidance is a persistent issue throughout the history of these institutions. Dr. Herideen describes the idea of hesitant hopelessness in her book in 1998. Hesitant hopelessness is that concept of community colleges providing a second try at succeeding, but without the necessary services and guidance, students are more likely to fail than succeed (Herideen). The key to progress is accountability on students as well as guidance for these students. Rather than debating, small reforms need to be made today to lead the way for massive…

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