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ERIC Number: EJ873958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Student Success: Challenges & Opportunities
Bailey, Thomas
Community College Journal, v76 n1 p16-19 Aug-Sep 2005
Community colleges are a crucial source of educational opportunity for millions of Americans, making fundamental contributions to state and national economies. While community colleges should be proud of their role in providing access to higher education and the opportunity to obtain better quality jobs for their students, there is much more to do. The gaps between the poorest and wealthiest students in America defy their highest ideal--the opportunity of education for all. Educators and policymakers need to take a comprehensive approach to improving student success in community colleges. In many community colleges, more than half of the students are eligible for federal tuition aid. Financial need must continue to be the foundation of the federal aid system. Improvements might include aid to non-credit programs, more attention given to the support of part-time students who are employed, and new definitions of "progress toward a degree." Additionally, policy should also address low-income students who confront barriers as they make transitions from high school to college, from non-credit programs to credit programs, and from community colleges to four-year institutions. While the challenges are daunting, the opportunities to make a difference are growing. Both the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor have community college initiatives. Major national efforts by the Ford, Lumina, and other foundations have focused attention and resources on improving the success of community college students through public policy reform and institutional innovation. With thoughtful and well-implemented public and institutional policies that recognize the contributions of community colleges to American society, the nation's economy will be strengthened and the commitment to educational opportunity for all will be realized.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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