the real economics of student completion

Another adjunct-positive report.

As for this: “’Institution size is negatively associated with students’ chance of degree or certificate completion,’ the study says. Those who attend large (10,000 or more students) two-year community colleges are 59 percent less likely to achieve a degree or completion certificate than their peers at smaller community colleges. And those who study in towns, suburbs and cities are 61 percent more likely to complete their programs than their peers at rural colleges.”

Please. Why not consider the economics? My little opinion is that lower income students often have to work. Those at two-year schools in lower-income regions often have to support families and work. Any of these researchers really know what it’s like to HAVE to work to stay in school so that you can be successful in school? Also — any of them know what it’s like to (1) be told teachers shouldn’t buy, oh say, lab equipment from their own money, but (2) struggle to get the proper admin to let go of the money for materials that will help substantially with student success?

I’m always glad to hear good things about adjuncts, but it is disheartening to see researchers chasing their tails on the issues of student completion.

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About rainshadowfarm

I teach anthropology, am an archaeologist, a drylands agroecologist, community educator, and a single mother of eight grown kids. I currently own and operate an educational and research farm in the southern Mojave Desert, Rainshadow Farm. I'm 100% West Virginia hillbilly. Not necessarily in that order.
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