Friday College Town Hall

In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college or education, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question comes from Inside Higher Ed:

A study from Sallie Mae said that 22% of college students with a family income of over $100,000 opted for a community college last year. Four years ago, the number was at 16%.


What do you think is behind this fact that more affluent students are going to community college? Should community colleges update their facilities to accommodate these students? 


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  1. Destiny Schaeffer says:

    What do you think the best school in Texas is for clinical psychology? I’m looking at UNT (University of North Texas) or U of T at Tyler to start off. Advice?

  2. Cricket Garancosky says:

    Well I have talked to a lot of students who went to jucos. Most of them were sad to transfer (to a 4year for their degree) because they said they were treated nicely, people (teachers and staff) cared about them and it was a better learning environment. Most universities have classes that easily top 100 students, some top 400. That isn’t a learning environment. The teacher doesn’t know you, doesn’t care if you pass, and (the teachers and the university) will gladly continue to take your money for that piece of paper (I won’t call it a degree if you truly didn’t learn while you were there). Universities (and the public education system in general) treats students like factory products. Roll them through and get a lot of money for it. I have found that jucos are more geared towards a real education, but they can’t give a degree. They should not “adapt” to this change like universities have. Keep quality a priority. If for instance they double the class sizes to keep up then learning is less likely to truly take place. I believe you should be in school to be taught and to learn, not be talked /at/ and told to read a bunch of books. I can read without paying over $100 a credit hour to a “teacher.” I also put quotes around “teacher” because most university professors do not have an education background (or any education classes for that matter), they have masters or phds in their field. That is great and all that they know their stuff, but if they cannot explain what they know to someone with no knowledge in a clear and consice manner they have failed as an educator. Universities allow this because they are more interested in money than education.

    Long story short: jucos are geared towards a proactive and productive learning environment, universities are geared towards getting a lot of money…so even “wealthy” kids go to jucos to LEARN, not because of the money imho. They shouldn’t change, they’re great the way they are…and if people have to be waitlisted because of that…well then it will happen.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Is this not fairly consistent with the growth in popularity of community colleges overall? 22% up from 16% doesn’t seem like a lot.

    Cricket, I agree that college is a bit of a money farm, but if you’re a good shopper you can find a 4 year school where the educators are caring and personable (I graduated from one last year). Also, I might’ve missed out on part of the conversation; you seem concerned that community colleges might “change?” but that isn’t part of the discussion topic.

    I fall into the category of one whose parents’ make 100k+. Early on in my time at the 4 year private university, I seriously considered transferring to a local community college. I was unsure of what my career path would be, (I began as a computer science major, discovered that I HATED programming, so that was a laugh) and I didn’t want to waste my parents’ money. This created a lot of anxiety for me, but I stuck it out at the university because the instruction was very good, and I had become settled in at the dorm. It was easier not to decide to transfer, though that will not be the right decision for everyone. I later took two classes at the local community college, and discovered that the quality of instruction was kind of spotty, though generally it was a bit easier and a nice change of scenery. Later still, I took two more classes at a big community college in Kansas City, which was a similar experience. Overall, I am a big fan of community colleges based on my experiences, and think that they can make a good starting point for many, regardless of wealth status.

  4. Andi says:

    Whether or not a household has a larger income doesn’t necessarily effect where a child decides to go to school. EVERYBODY wants to save money, no matter there income. Students are confused on what there intended major may be, so they opt to go to community college to save money while they make up their minds.

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