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ERIC Number: EJ994783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0748-8475
CUNY Community College Graduation Rates Do Not Effectively Measure Student Success
Lax, Jeffrey
Thought & Action, v28 p119-125 Fall 2012
The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) released a report last November asserting that, with a six-year graduation rate of 28 percent, City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges "should be doing much better." The report declared graduation rates "lackluster" and criticized community colleges for "not yet delivering on their potential." But the CUF report's perception that low graduation rates demonstrate a failure of the system (and therefore a disservice to students) profoundly oversimplifies--and misstates--the true goals of a community college and its students. The report misunderstands not only how to make sense of community college graduation rates contextually and as compared to those of four-year schools, but also the true meaning and usefulness of these statistics. To understand these issues, it is imperative to understand and scrutinize three major flaws in the CUF report, which undermine its intended effect as a tool for "economic reform." Those flaws are: (1) the uniquely complex issues administrators and faculty face in graduating community college students as compared with four-year students; (2) that the community college graduation rate is not an effective measure of its "success rate"; and (3) the value of conveying even some college-level experience to students who may otherwise receive none at all. (Contains 10 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York