Comment on FR Doc # N/A


Suggestions regarding differentiating metrics pertinent to public 2-year degree granting community college environments from other institutions of higher education in order to avoid having simple metrics work against us. For instance, the following factors impact student success at community colleges, but not so much at 4-year institutions:

Open Door policy for us verses defined selection process for them
Age, older students
High School drop-outs who must be successful in AHS and GED before continuing
Lower average socio-economic background of students (many students struggle with supporting a family, lack of family support and limited social skills)
Lower GPAs, SATs, ACTs out of high school
Greater diversity
ESL program
Higher percentage of older job seekers having to return to college after long absence from education in order to upgrade skills for new job market
High numbers of students in Developmental Math, English and Reading programs
Programs and students that end with certificates or diplomas v. degrees and transfers
Many more part-time students than full-time
Many students who drop out, but then return to finish
Increased family responsibilities and outside work issues impact our students’ education process
Increase population of those who qualify under ADA than typical 4-year colleges
Higher percentage of returning veterans (military officers tend to already have BA/BS and use benefits for MA/MBA/MS/PHD at traditional institutions or on-line; military enlisted usually have HS or GED and use benefits for two-year degrees and certifications while seeking quicker reentry into civilian workforce)
PTSD and disability rates are higher among returning enlisted vets
Differences in our faculty and staff are also important to consider:
No “publish or perish” requirement
No tenure track
PhD, while respected, is not required to succeed
Emphasis on skilled trades, technologies, Health careers, college transfer, etc. v. post-secondary and terminal degrees
More one-on-one opportunities with faculty who spend bulk of time “teaching and supporting” students
Smaller instructor/student ratios
No student housing
No ‘college sports teams’ and limited campus clubs and activities
Staff often get to know and follow students’ progress
Comment Period Closed
Jan 31 2014, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: ED-2013-IES-0151-0018
Tracking Number: 1jy-8a0e-uxkv

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Date Posted: Feb 6, 2014
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Submitter Information

Submitter Name: Anonymous Anonymous
Organization Name: Forsyth Technical Community College
Category: Two-Year Public Institution of Higher Education