Loss of Community College

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Loss of Community College

Although there are many different advantages that can be associated with attending community colleges, there are some weaknesses that I forget if not mentioned. We all like to see the positive side of things and kindness in my opinion about community colleges, at least as a springboard for studying at university far beyond the bad. However, if you are considering a community college as an option whether for your own associate degree or have a plan to move to the university level after completion, you should see the big picture and not just sunlight and flowers.

The first thing you should be aware of, and this applies especially to students who plan to move, is that you should always consult with the college you want to attend next to ensure that the courses you take at the community college level are compatible with the core requirements for university. In many cases they are similar enough to be considered compatible but there are exceptions and it is better to know this faster than later. If you plan to attend a University located near the community college you are attending, you should check and see if they have some kind of articulation agreement that will allow undergraduate graduates to transfer smoothly.

Many states stepped in and passed legislation requiring universities in their states to accept college credit as transfer credit in an effort to retain qualified workers in the state. Some universities even offer distance learning programs for undergraduate graduates in order to allow access to students who live further from campus to have access to educational opportunities that will be rejected to them in the past. Of course if you live in one of these countries, former losses can now work for you.

Many community colleges do not offer housing opportunities and most are still mostly commuter campuses rather than residential campuses. Instead of spending funds on housing, these colleges tend to reserve their expenses to assist in academic matters. Community colleges in rural areas are far more likely than those in big cities to offer housing on campus. The lack of housing on campus makes participation in sports and other activities a little more difficult than most residential colleges.

If you decide to make a community college the last stop for your personal education experience, you will deny yourself earning a lot of earning potential during your lifetime. For this reason, you must seriously consider the benefits transferred to the university for your educational purposes.

My biggest complaint when it comes to community colleges when compared to larger universities is the fact that there are opportunities that are so limited to taking certain classes than when compared to these classes at the university level. You will find that you must stay in the order of your course at the community college level or you risk needing an additional semester or year to complete your bachelor's degree requirements. Universities tend to offer greater flexibility, especially in the low-level courses needed by all to graduate.

My other main complaint when it comes to community colleges is the fact that they often have a library that is much smaller than the university. This seriously limits the ability of students to carry out extensive research with the exception of rare cases. Universities only have deeper pockets than average community colleges. For this reason they will have a bigger library and bells and whistles far more than the average community college. Hopefully we will see this change from time to time too. Apart from the shortcomings that can be attributed to community college education, I feel that they far outweigh the benefits offered by the community college learning environment.

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