Friday, December 19, 2008

Increased enrollment of high-school seniors with high standardized-test scores may squeeze out disadvantaged students at community colleges

According to a survey from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, nearly one-fifth of private colleges and universities reported a smaller than anticipated freshman class this fall. At the same time, the American Association of Community Colleges reports that community-college enrollment rose 8 to 10 percent. That's not unexpected—community-college enrollment usually climbs during a down economy as newly unemployed workers look to get additional training. But normally, the age of the average student rises, whereas this time around, the average age on campus has remained low because there are so many more traditional-aged students. Community-college administrators are thrilled to attract top performers, but they also worry that the influx of students who can afford other options is squeezing out the disadvantaged students such schools were built to serve. More concerns? read full article from NewsWeek

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