After high school, my grades weren't good enough to get into the university I wanted ["Which High School Students Are Most Likely to Graduate From College?" usnews.com]. I went to a community college and completed a two-year degree on the dean's list for the first time in my life, then finished at my chosen four-year school. Comparing the two, I had a better education experience at the community college [with] smaller classes, more personable professors who had no ego. I learned much more than I thought I would, and I saved tons of money. If I had to do it over again, I'd do exactly the same thing.
Comment by Jeff H. of UT
As a parent of nine children whom I supported with only a high school education, I valued college education for my children. Some of my children went to our community college in our local area and then attended state schools. All have great jobs and earn a good living. The education they received from the community college was no different than attending a four-year college and the cost was half. Community colleges offered a reasonably priced two years of higher education for our children. I live in Massachusetts, and our governor has proposed that the state pay the tuition cost for two years of community college for all who want to attend. I have always believed that children need more than a high school education, and we need to support a six-year, state-funded program: four years of high school and two years of community college.
Comment by Thomas Fermi of MA
Just because a student attends a community college does not mean that they are less likely to graduate. It has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with the student's motivation. The same would occur at a four-year university; regardless of the environment, if the student is not motivated, they will not succeed. The article is a ploy to get students to spend money in an economically drowning education system. If the credibility of community colleges are trashed, then the general population will waste more of their money on an overpriced education.
Comment by Jane of CA
As a student who attended a community college for my first two years of my college career, I can say I could not be where I am without it! Because I attended this college, and participated in the campus activities while keeping my grades up, I was given a full-ride scholarship to attend a four-year university! Not only this, I received two other scholarships from this same university. I can say without a doubt that I would not be where I am without community college.
Comment by Nathan of DE
My daughter started at a two-year technical college because of money. She was lucky that it was a good school that attracted other smart students who didn't have much money. She did well and got a good scholarship to an excellent four-year school. She has a bachelor's and a master's now. My son is an older student who never went to college. In fact, he never went to high school, but worked his way up the ladder in the air freight industry on brains alone. He is now attending the local community college and has discovered that most of the students are poorly educated and not too bright. He has good instructors, however, who appreciate his brains and participation, and he is doing quite well. Perhaps the difference lies with his family background. We don't have any money, but we collectively have at least two degrees each and are able to give him the intellectual support he needs.
Comment by Carol Dunn of MS