Posts published on April 4, 2010

Study Reveals Major Problems When Community Colleges Initially Enroll Students

Community colleges enroll about 50% of first year students. Most first-time community college students say they feel welcome at their institutions, but few receive information during orientation that is critical to their success. Most say they have the motivation and skills it takes to succeed, but also adopt behaviors that are detrimental to their performance in the classroom. A new survey grades institutions on six benchmarks: “early connections, high expectations and aspirations, clear academic plan and pathway, effective track to college readiness, engaged learning, and academic and social support network. This study indicates the enrollment process needs a major overhaul, but where is the money going to come from?