Higher educational attainment is critically important in an increasingly complex and knowledge-based economy. It is not surprising that many individuals are enrolling undergraduate programs to enhance or retool their skills to boost their credentials/ skills to advance in this economic context. Community college’s open admissions policies, affordable tuition, and convenient locations, makes them a viable option for many individuals to retool or enhance said credentials/ skills. In the U.S, more than 6 million students are enrolled in the more than 1,000 community colleges (Executive Office of the President, 2015). Nevertheless, many students who enroll in community colleges are not completing their degrees, including The City of New York (CUNY) community colleges. From 2005 to 2009, the average percentage of first time enrolled students in CUNY community colleges, completing an Associate’s Degree (AA) within 6 years was only 28 percent (CUNY Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), 2014). This has significant micro (i.e. social mobility) and macro (i.e. squandering of public resources) consequences. This report will attempt to answer the following research questions:
What are some of the micro and macro benefits of raising graduation rates?
What are some of the major underlining causes that prevent CUNY community college students from completing their degrees?
With the previously mentioned causes in mind, is there any CUNY program or…