My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
CUNY Creates New Programs to Increase College Completion
The City University of New York will spend 20 million to impement a number of interlocking and simultaneous interventions to increase graduation rates at 6 communtity colleges. The interventions include: a summer orientation program, creation of leraning communities where students take classes together , homework sessions on campus, tutors, faculty advisers, and part time employment in jobs related to their studies. CUNY is on the right track, because it takes more than one thing to help students succeed in college and overcome remediation. The planned interventions are based on research, and the combined effect should be greater than just one or two interventions.
But scaling this up will cost lots of money that most community colleges do not have. California community colleges spend less than high schools per FTE. We need to get serious about what it will cost to increase community college completion rates which are only 24% after 6 years in California for any type of program including vocational certificates.