Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Focus on Community Colleges

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Focus on Community Colleges

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In a speech at Macomb Community College, President Obama placed community colleges in the center of his plans to revitalize the American economy. Although the president praised community colleges in broadening access to higher education, he also criticized them, saying that too few students complete programs and that not all job training is relevant. When President Obama speaks to workers who have been laid off about training they question, "training for what?" The president expressed his understanding of the frustrations that a lot of people have, especially if training is not well designed for the specific jobs that are being created.

Community college presidents noted that President Obama's identification of areas badly needing support included dealing with outdated facilities and burgeoning student enrollment. Experts in distance education lauded the historic and transformative creation of free online courses referenced in the president's message.

George R. Boggs, president of the American Association of Community Colleges, called the goal of helping an additional 5 million Americans earn degrees "pretty ambitious" but added, "with the resources, we can do it." President Obama emphasized that his plan does not add to the deficit but rather pays for itself by ending wasteful subsidies currently provided to banks and private lenders for student loans. Though his plan broadly focuses on job training, it might address improving developmental, remedial, and adult education to meet workforce needs.

Several community college presidents commended Obama's focus on completion rates that is also on the agenda of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education. …

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