Intended to be pathways to bachelor's degrees, California's two-year institutions instead are losing the majority of students who have enrolled with expectations of transferring to universities. For students who want to transfer, the community college road is fraught with obstacles. Counselors are in short supply, a majority of students can't read or do math on a college level and students' own lives derail their ambitions.
Click here to read The Contra Costa Times article.
Part 2: Community colleges nationwide labor under the weight of ill-prepared students. Some colleges estimate that nearly every student is unprepared in math, reading or writing--or all three. Click here to read The Contra Costa Times article.
RELATED: Community colleges in South Florida are enrolling thousands more students at the same time they're facing millions of dollars in budget cuts. It's a consequence of two major factors: the state's poor economy and a decision by state universities to freeze enrollments. Now, community colleges worry about how they're going to handle the increased demand.
Click here to read The South Florida Sun-Sentinel article.