New Admissions at City Colleges

The City Colleges of Chicago is changing its admission policy.  The policy has been to admit all adults without standard over 18 years old.  In doing so, the system finds itself serving remedial students at the tune of $30 million per year. With a new policy in place, students would be required to be at a certain level for admission.  This will reduce the need for remedial courses, so the thinking goes. 

But does this change the mission of the community college in the first place.  The community college for many is the first contact to higher education.  It is an educational point of entry for some, transfer for some, enrichment for some and the establishment of skill set for some.  There is a full range of courses and academics from skilled setting to hobby courses.

Many Hispanic students attend City Colleges to learn English as a second language.  The problem with the policy change is where do the remedial students go?  It seems this new policy leaves a student hanging?  Level performance should be considered way before ones reaches the college level.  Performance at grade level should start at kindergarten.  You should not be allowed to pass from one grade level to another without the grade level skill set.

Good idea, but it is in the wrong institution.  For too many the remedial learning at City College  is the last opportunity and the first chance for higher education. 

What do you think? 


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  • A majority of City Colleges are filled with minority students. I was out of high school almost 15 years when I decided to take some courses. Of course I had to start off with remedial math, but there were approximately 15 students in my Math 110 class and they were straight out of high school. Some dropped the class, some failed the class and some had to move to the next level of remedial math before beginning to earn actual college credit. I tested out and could have taken Calculus. If students are coming into a Community College to get the opportunity that they don't have by attending a major university and that aspect is taken out then it's a systematic process to eradicate minorities, specifically Negro teenagers from the educational system. Hey, if you're Hispanic, learn to speak English, oh wait, you don't meet the requirements so we can't allow you to enroll in school at our COMMUNITY institution. Hey, take some business classes, oh wait, you've never had an accounting class before and since we're removing our non-credit courses, we can't allow you to enroll in the business program at our COMMUNITY college. Educational discrimination is just a shadow of structural racism and cuts out the opportunity for growth, development and the chance at what our Constitution offers as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  • In reply to Endurer:

    Well said.

  • In reply to Endurer:

    My position is that the Mayor, Gery Chico (former Board of Ed President), and Chancellor Hyman are being very hypocritical.
    Hyman, whose parents were on drugs, dropped out of Orr High School at 17,and was homeless. Per her own comments when she became Chancellor of the City colleges: "What I bring to the kids more than anything else is hope and confidence. . . . I want them to know that you, too, can have these same problems and end up one day running one of the very institutions you graduated from," said Hyman, who attended Olive-Harvey College.
    At 17, Hyman dropped out of Orr and left home to avoid following her parents down the dark tunnel of drug addiction.
    "I get asked all the time, 'What made you not do it?' I don't know. . . . But a lot of our kids don't have that inner strength. Success needs to look like them. Success needs to feel like them. They need to see me.
    But now, because Chicago is virtually bankrupt, and the Mayor needs to save money-- and because Ms. Hyman has now "made it"-- I guess she forgot where she came from, and the pledge she made to help others similarily situated.

    Funny that one of the first official acts of the new chancellor Cheryl Hyman was to purchase a new luxury SUV for her personal use at taxpayer expense:

    What is it about expensive leased vehicles that top public officials love so much (Ron Huberman, Ald. Ed. Burke, etc)?

    aren't their big salaries enough ?

    We taxpayers would be better off reimbursing them for mileage at the irs rate of .55 per mile.

    She has not been here two months and one of her first actions is to get a fancy, shiny new car.

    Wayne Watson had no problem with the Crown Vic......

    And what is it with the mayor appointing these non-educators to education positions, like bicycle cop Huberman to CPS ?

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    It is not the City Colleges of Chicago or Cheryl Hyman who are putting these students at a disadvantage. It is the grade schools, high schools, parents and sometimes the students themselves who have to bear the blame for them being remedial. We must realize that it is criminal to graduate someone from high school who is functioning at a fourth grade level. The average African American student graduates from high school with the efficiency of an 8th grader. When do we say enough is enough!!!! Education is a very personal issue that requires caring from all parties involved. It also requires the truth, I have never seen a more powerful tool for recovery and remediation.

    If a person find themselves in a situation where they lack a proper education that will give then access to their dreams and hopes, they themselves must understand that there is no magic solution. It will take hours upon hours of hard work to catch up, it is what it is. We all must come together to tutor and encourage those who need the help to perform at a level they need to be successful academically. It can no longer matter who's fault it is. We must fix this scourge that holds our community in bondage and hold those responsible for the things they are responsible for.

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