Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Community Colleges are not stepping stones blog 15

“Those students who went straight to a four-year institution straight out of high school had an 80% completion rate of a four year degree. Students who went to a community college had only a 3.3% completion rate of a four-year degree” (Cabrera 1).

Community colleges are not acting as the stepping stone model for four year institutions because those students transferring from community college to four year institutions seem to fail because they are not prepared. Community colleges seem to be aiding people more into "falling into the river" rather than providing students with support to succeed. Due to the way our society uses fiction such as the media to be a 'truthfull' source of information it perceives community colleges as the place to go but in reality they dont save you money and dont prepare you for your future. Money is not being saved because many students wind up failing courses and having to stay extra years at the university which,in the end, costs them what they saved or even more. Because of community colleges open admissions policy any student is allowed to enter which holds back certain students from learning because teachers have to compensate for the different learning abilities of all their students.

Basile, Elizabeth Anne. A Longitudinal Study of Reverse Transfer Students and the Second Chance Function of the Community College. 2004. Print.

Bourke, Brian, Claire H. Major, and Michael S. Harris. "Images of Fictional Community College Students." Community College Journal of Research & Practice 33.1 (2009): 55-69.Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 24 Feb. 2010.

Cejda, Brent D., Nancy Hensel, and Council on Undergraduate Research. Undergraduate
Research at Community Colleges. Washington, D.C: Council on Undergraduate Research, 2009. Print.

Cohen, Arthur M., and Florence B. Brawer. The American Community College. 5th ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008. Print.

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Diamond, Robin. Dean of Transfer Students. Livingston. Personal Interview.

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Goeller, Michael. Personal interview.

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Khoshtinat, Danielle. Personal interview.

Lanman, Sandra.ARTSYS eases way for community college transfer students. September 8,2000.

Laanan, Frankie Santos. Transfer Students : Trends and Issues. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001. Print.

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College O'Connor, and Cynthia M. Heelan.Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008. Print.

Olzsewki, Kayla. Personal Interview.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

blog 14

Over the course of the semester my project has evolved into a solid side. In the beginning i believed that community colleges were the right path to take because of the way they were advertised and perceived to be places to go that would better your standings and guide you to the college experience. After much research i believe that the fact that community college acting as a stepping stone to four year institutions is false. There are many different aspects that validate my side of the argument. Some examples are, the fact that students are not prepared when they transfer from a community college to a 4 year institution, the fact that in the end it does not save you money because you wind up having to stay longer at the 4 year college because you fail classes and have to stay extra time in the university, also if the credits you take do not transfer you have to make up for them by taking more classes and you have already paid for some. The thing that influenced me most was the statistics of the success rate of students who succeed when having transferred from community college to four year institutions. I learned that in order to succeed in the research process you have to dedicate a lot of time into the topic and make sure that what you are doing interests you.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The truth behing success

The blog would not let me upload my graph that i created, but it is a graph that shows the fact that of those students who attend community college and transfer to a four year school only 3.3% complete a degree and of those students who go right to a four year institution from high school 80% complete a 4 year degree.

This image is extremely significant because it demonstrates how those students who transfer are not prepared for what is ahead of them. It proves the point that commnunity colleges are not acting as a stepping stone for students transfering to four year institutions, but are more or less preparing them to fail. It demonstrates how community colleges are really not the best path to take because in the end the money you save is paying for the extra credits you have to take because you fail and the school is not setting you up for the future.

Monday, March 29, 2010

outline revised

II. Community college as a stepping stone to four year institutions.
ii.Statistics of those who transfer to schools such as Rutgers. Dean Robin Diamonds interview. The background on
community colleges, for example : did society and the government just throw this standing of being a place to go to aid
in getting into 4 year schools. how come they are not prepared from the types of students that come there? (still trying
to find this information.) does going to community college really save you money or in the end is it worth it because
when you go to a four year institution not all of your credits transfer and some times you fail courses leading you to
have to stay
longer which costs more money.
III. The types of students that attend RUTGERS and why is it that those types of students attend.
iii.What do community colleges do about those students who are exceptional when it comes to school considering that
those students who attend community college normally do not know what they want to do in life or the fact that they
don't do good in high school.
IV. The depiction of community college in fiction.
iv. What does this representation in fiction portray? does it compare to reality? scholarly sources show the views of
community college and the ways that community colleges act on that vision.
V. The transfer process.
v. What community colleges have to say on transferring. Do they encourage transferring or do they encourage students
to take their time and finish out with an associates degree.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I. introduction- Argument : the fact of whether or not community colleges are acting as stepping stones to four-year universities
a. introduce my main argument and the scholarly works.
ii. first body paragraph
b. explain what community colleges are portrayed as. why they seem to be beneficial over going to a four-year school right away. i need to gather statistics to to show the money saved from going to community college before attending a major university.
iii. community college as a stepping stone to four-year institutions
c. in this part of my paper i plan on identifying the statistics that i've gathered on the success rates of those students who transfer to four-year schools from community college. These statistics will prove how most students are not prepared coming from a community school rather than transferring from a four year school. in the end these statements will prove how even though its stated that your saving money, in the long run you will most likely need to take extra classes because you either failed or didn't have enough credits transferred.
iv. the aid for the transfer process provided by rutgers needs to it in somewhere in my paper to identify how the transfer process works and to prove that not all classes credit's transfer so it lays out the appropriate courses that you should be taking. in this portion i also plan on putting in information from dean diamond that gives statistics and her view on those students transferring from community colleges to rutgers.
v. Representing community college in fiction
d. community college in fiction is a very big deal because that is the vision that everyone holds to be true because everyone relies on television and advertisements for their main source of information. this topic contradicts the reality of community colleges in real life which is a main contributor in the portrayal of what community college really does and what it is like. In this paragraph i will be comparing the views of community college n fiction and the way it i completely different from the real world.
vi. conclusion

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blog 11

My case are the fictional works that represent community college in the wrong light. One of those fictions is the television show called Community. In the show the students have to take physical education just like in high school when they have to change and the thing they are learning is billiards. The teacher acts like a child when it comes to drama between the students. this representation of community college shows that it is a joke and a walk in the park because of the way that the students act towards their education. I have not yet reached an episode that demonstrates community colleges as a successfull stepping stone but the students in the community college have restarted school as an older student who plans on just completing a degree at the community college. i also plan to keep on looking through tv shows and movies to find the more fictional representations of community colleges compared to real life.

My counter case is that of the reality of community colleges. In order to represent this counter case i plan on interviewing dean diamond next week and a friend of mine that transfered from brookdale community college to rutgers. i want to focus on their struggles and see how well they succeed in specific courses

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blog 11

My case is whether or not community college is working as a stepping stone for four-year institutions.