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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  • Although I do not agree with the practice of using students' financial aid funds to pay for remedial classes, I understand that community college may be the only opportunity many students have to obtain a higher ed degree and they should not be pusnished for the faults of an educational system that has failed them by not ensuring that students who graduate from our public schools are ready to perform at the high school graduate level.

    Our city's leadership should take a good look at the public schools and how they are not meeting the needs of the majority of the students and bring some remedial measures there. When over 60% of the high school graduates need to take remedial classes after they graduate from high school, then, the source of the problem is easily identified: our public schools are not working. We are failing our children and youth by making them believe that they are prepared to go to college or to start a career when they do not know how to read and write well and their math skills are well behind grade level.

    Something is wrong with this equation, but our children are losing in this game and that is not a game we, the tax payers want to play. I understand the financial constrains the City College face; however, until the city's public schools turn out better product (better prepared graduates) someone has to take the slack. Don't punish the young people here, they are the victims of a sick system raided by politics and waste.

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