ERIC Number: EJ918881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Is Community College Really College?
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n6 p38-41 Feb 2011
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to community college. The general population appears to believe that because the tuition per credit hour is incredibly cheaper than that of the average university, students are receiving a "discounted," "cheap," "rip-off" education. Top community college students struggle against the mistaken perception by some college administrators and others that these students cannot succeed at the elite institutions. They also face cultural and economic barriers to completing their bachelor's degrees. No matter how persistent, however, this anti-community college bias contradicts the reality of the American education system. On one hand, America's community colleges are bursting with serious students--many are exposing themselves to higher education for the first time and achieving remarkable things. On the other hand, people outside the two-year system believe that community college students are not up to the task of a four-year education. In this article, the author discusses how two-year schools strive to eliminate and combat anti-community college bias.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Misconceptions, Bias, Transfer Programs, College Students, Student Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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