published Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Video: Bredesen on community colleges

  • Video: Bredesen on community colleges
    During a recent interview with the Times Free Press in his Capitol office, Gov. Phil Bredesen discussed how a streamlined course catalogue could help students who want to attend a four-year school after taking general education courses at a community college.
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timoshenko said...

The key is who decides that a course is up to snuff! The community college? The four-year schools? Accountability is lacking here.

Maybe chemistry is not a good example to use. Why? Most schools have two chemistry sequences for freshmen: CHEM 1010-1020 for folks who did not take chemistry in high school and CHEM 1110-1120 for folks who did. Maybe the course numbers don't quite match my example, but you get the point. I think most schools treat biology in the same way. If this is what the governor is talking about then blaming higher ed. is not the fix. Students need to prepare in high school OR face the consequences of "developmental" science!

Another issue is that community colleges and university don't really communicate well when changes are made in the 4-yr curriculum. Putting all the community colleges together in a separate board may help. Maybe.

Also, many students take a larger smattering of courses at the community college just trying to figure out what they want to do. Who can blame them for that? On the other hand, just earning any ole 60-65 hours at a community college doesn't mean you are half-way to a bachelor's degree.

January 12, 2010 at 5:55 p.m.
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