”Middle-class and affluent students are enrolling in community colleges because it is a good value.” So reports the Washington Post today, in an article by the Post’s higher education reporter, Dan de Vise. Read the article here and find out what students and families are saying about the academic quality and value they find at community colleges!
One notable excerpt from the piece: Community colleges, many with two-year honors programs, are competing with four-year schools for the accomplished high school graduate. Their top students can transfer to prestigious universities and finish their education at reduced expense.
Do you have a great story to share about a student or students who are choosing community colleges as their first choice and starting place for the pursuit of their college degree(s)? We’d love to hear from you.
Four-year universities and colleges are not only accepting more community college transfer students, they are actually now “courting” their graduates, as noted in a major article that just ran in The Baltimore Sun (“Four-year Schools Courting Community College Graduates”). In the article, Maryland’s Interim Secretary for Higher Education, Danette Howard, notes: “We have some very ambitious statewide goals for college completion.” Highlighting Governor Martin O’Malley’s goal that at least 55 percent of the state’s residents between ages 25 and 64 will hold at least one college degree by 2025, she adds: “To meet that goal we have to serve our transfer student population.”
Kudos to Anne Arundel Community College, Carroll Community College, and Howard Community College — whose students were featured prominently in the piece. The article also featured comments from four-year university admissions officers and presidents — including Dr. Freeman Hrabowski of UMBC and Dickinson University President William Durden.
Articles like this are helping to get the word out about the high quality of Maryland’s 16 community colleges and their graduates. The best news of all is that universities are increasingly awaiting the arrival of these students, as they look to transfer to complete higher degrees. Great work by Nancy Gainer of Howard Community College, in reaching out to Sun reporter Joe Burris, who wrote the story!
For decades, Maryland’s 16 community colleges have been in the forefront of providing high-quality, affordable and accessible higher education for students.
They serve a most diverse population with an equally diverse range of academic and career-preparation programs for students of all ages, income levels and backgrounds.
And today, our community colleges are more committed than ever to ensuring that students succeed in completing their educational goals. For some, this may mean completion of an associate’s degree or a certification. For others, it may mean a more seamless transfer to a four-year institution, paving the way for completion of a higher degree.
Fully engaged in the nationwide commitment to the “completion agenda,” Maryland’s community colleges are undertaking a wide variety of initiatives that will ensure more students succeed in earning their degrees or certifications. And they are working closely with the state’s four-year institutions to eliminate barriers that can get in the way of a successful transfer process, which is so pivotal to students achieving their goal of completing a bachelor’s degree.
On this site, we invite you to keep track of the important work that our colleges are doing in this arena. And we’ll keep you posted on other efforts regionally, and nationally, that are helping to advance the “completion agenda.”
Maryland’s community colleges strongly believe that “Support = Success!” We pledge to do all we can to support the ultimate success of the hundreds of thousands of students we are privileged to serve each year.