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Apples and Crab Apples Not Quite the Same


Community colleges can be a valuable solution to many higher-ed problems: They lighten the financial burden on taxpayers and students by enabling students to complete the first two years of four-year academic programs at greatly reduced costs, they include vocational-training programs that academic students can shift over to if they discover that academics are not their “thing,” and they can specialize in the sort of remedial education that does not belong on university campuses. 

But they have their own set of problems, one of them being that they often provide substandard courses; one recent study found many community colleges had “disturbingly low standards.” The Pope Center’s Duke Cheston takes a look at this problem and compares some community college courses with their university system counterparts. 


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