“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.
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