By: Lynn Reaser
Many states allow community colleges to grant 4-year degrees and California is considering a pilot program, including one for the San Diego area. Is this a good idea?
The answer would appear to be “no.” The mission of community colleges is to provide vocational and academic training for younger and older students not inclined or currently prepared to enter a four-year institution. This mission already is aggressive and should not be further expanded. The instruction in English as a second language is a vital function of community colleges. Community colleges should be the venue for addressing knowledge gaps for those desiring to earn a four-year degree. The workplace is demanding vocational skills, the area where community colleges can add particular value.
The unique role of California’s community colleges should be reinforced, not diluted.
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