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First-Ever National Survey Reveals Many Community College Students Are Denied Access to Course

From the Pearson Foundation

As rising demand and declining budgets continue to strain community college systems across the U.S., the results of a new survey underscore the economy’s impact on students who are finding fewer courses available at their local community college, even as they are competing with greater numbers of their peers to attend them. In the first national survey of its kind, 32 percent of students – and 55 percent of Hispanic students – said they were unable to enroll in a class of their choice because the class roster was already full.

The Pearson Foundation Community College Student Survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive, was commissioned specifically to better understand the keys to success for community college students. Their perception is an important first step in maintaining and improving quality education for all. The survey found that around one in six students was at immediate risk of discontinuing his or her studies within the first few weeks of enrollment: 15 percent reported that they had either dropped out or seriously considered dropping out within the first few weeks of the semester, generally because of their struggles with courses or because of their difficulty in balancing continued academic study with family and work obligations.

The survey also uncovered that, despite these difficulties, a significant number of community college students fail to seek or obtain the help they need to succeed in their studies. Twenty-five percent of students who have considered dropping out said they were struggling with their courses but did not seek help. Nearly 20 percent of students who have considered dropping out and were struggling reported being unable to get the help that they needed. And the vast majority (74 percent) of those who did drop out did not discuss their intentions with instructors or advisors.

Continued at: http://www.pearsonfoundation.org/pr/20110209_Community_College_Survey_Results.html

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