Archive for May 13th, 2011

Report Blasts California College Basic Skills Programs

May 13th, 2011

Basic skills programs in California serve about 1.5 million students and until recently cost taxpayers more than $1 billion annually – but a new study  criticizes the network for a lack of clear priorities and academic goals.

Students enrolled in basic skills programs rarely make significant progress and few enter postsecondary education, and of those who do, only a small number succeed in achieving a credential or degree, or transferring to a four-year college or university, according to the study from the California Budget Project.

Basic skills education has three core content areas: reading and writing, mathematics as well as English as a second language. The programs are of increasing focus because of the state’s growing numbers of high school dropouts and low-skilled working adults who lack the fundamental skills for postsecondary education as well as many workforce needs.

The California Budget Project, which evaluates the impact of state spending on low- and middle-income families, issued the four-part series on basic skills titled At a Crossroads study – of which, the final report was released

Does Enrollment Management Hinder College Academic Quality

May 13th, 2011


Schools’ focus on enrollment may imperil academic outcomes
Critics worry that universities spend too much on non-faculty positions and efforts to boost enrollment while academic quality, and in turn post-graduation outcomes for students, suffer.