PALM BEACH POST COMMENTARY: Obama’s anti-growth policies slowing jobs creation

Career College Central Summary:

  • President Barack Obama can’t resist the temptation to gin up new entitlements that chase votes but make problems worse — free tuition at community colleges would be no exception.
  • The president proposes to offer states 75 percent in matching federal money to refund tuition. Community colleges would have to offer programs that permit students to either transfer to four-year colleges with half the credits needed for a bachelor’s degree or award a vocational certificate in demand by employers. Students would have to maintain a C average.
  • This would simply pour money onto failing diploma mills. The three-year graduation rates at public two-year institutions is 21 percent — about one-third the rate for two-year non-profit and for profit schools, and much less than the 59 percent six-year graduation rate at four-year institutions.
  • Many community colleges do provide good job training in areas such as nursing, information technology and security. However, too many have been starved for funds as states have devoted more resources to K-12 education and entitlements like Medicaid. And community colleges are staffed by bureaucrats, who too often are not particularly adroit at identifying private sector needs and fashioning classrooms to jobs programs.
  • Too many students are ushered into less-expensive staff programs aimed at transferring into four-year colleges — but the standards are often not high enough.
  • And community colleges admit too many students with deficient high school records and preparation, intractable personal problems, and poor study habits and executive skills.
  • Marginal students — for example, those with a gap in math, writing or study skills — can be helped. However, remedial programs and counseling won’t do much for a 19-year old mother — who receives no child support — reads at a sixth-grade level, can’t do algebra and has significant emotional and self-esteem issues. Yet, that is exactly who the president proposes to send to college.
  • Too many job seekers don’t have the skills businesses need but pushing more dysfunctional students into community college won’t help.

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