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.
Foundations Pour Money Into Community College Improvement
Gates is the latest foundation to announce a big focus on community colleges. But many others came earlier- Hewlett , Lumina, Irvine, Hass, Nellie Mae to name some. But will this grant giving make a difference? Katy Haycock of Education Trust contends more money would be better spent in 4 year colleges where minorities have a much greater chance of college completion. But minorities are most concentrated in community colleges- where 80% of Latinos attend in Ca. So we need to evaluate carefully how successful these foundations are in improving community colleges.
All of this foundation interest means policy scholars need to pay more attention to this field. So do universities most of whom have scant interest in preparing community college leaders.