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ERIC Number: EJ788662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-21
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
More High-Achieving Students Are Choosing Community Colleges First
Pluviose, David
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v25 n1 p19-21 Feb 2008
Certainly, "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno has nurtured the perception that community colleges are a punishment for underperforming high school students by joking that community colleges aren't "real colleges." This article shows that this perception belies the reality that contemporary community colleges serve students seeking trade skills but also serve a growing population of "students with choice"--high school graduates possessing grade point averages high enough to go to reputable four-year universities who choose to start their collegiate careers at two-year institutions. Though the perceived lack of academic rigor at community colleges had become the butt of many Leno jokes, most two-year colleges are "highly respected" within their local communities for providing transfer credits that are recognized by brand-name universities as equal to their own. The perception of what community colleges have to offer has lagged considerably behind the reality of their rapid evolution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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