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ERIC Number: EJ838619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-27
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Trouble with Transferring: It Shouldn't Be so Difficult
Laird, Bob
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n29 pB22 Mar 2009
It is, once again, fashionable to declare community colleges the answer to the serious problem of low college enrollment and graduation rates for African-American, Latino, and Native American students, and for low-income students of all backgrounds. Nearly all the national discussions that propose community colleges as the primary solution, however, ignore the complex issues that have kept transfer rates low for such students for many years. This article discusses some of the most common, but widely neglected, obstacles--and some possible solutions: (1) The high need for remedial course work, especially in writing and math; (2) The tendency to overlook the true cost of living at home while attending a community college; (3) Inadequate financial-aid and scholarship programs; (4) A lack of standardization in course requirements, emphasis on transfer, and many other areas; and (5) Obstacles to transfer at elite public and private institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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