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?