Why Do Community Colleges Have Low Graduation Rates?

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An article in last month’s Atlantic, “How to Escape the Community-College Trap,” examines the problem of low graduation rates at community colleges — and offers a solution to the problem — in part by telling the story of a former student at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), named Daquan McGee. At BMCC, McGee, who’d just served two years in prison for armed robbery, enrolled in a program called Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, or ASAP, through which he received financial assistance; practical, emotional, and academic guidance; and even a free MetroCard. With the help, he eventually earned his associate’s degree. However, as the author, Ann Hulbert, writes,

In the community-college world, McGee’s achievement is a shockingly rare feat, and the program that so intently encouraged him to accomplish it is a striking anomaly.

To learn more about McGee and this segment of the higher education world, click on the above link to the interesting article.

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