2019 Survey of Community College Presidents

What keeps these esteemed individuals awake at night: diminishing financial support, student success, graduation/retention rates? This report, based on results from a Gallup survey that is the product of 235 returned questionnaires, reveals some salient points:

“One in 10 community college presidents indicate their institution offers bachelor’s degree programs, though only 1 percent say it offers a wide range of four-year degree programs.

Community college leaders largely endorse the idea of community colleges offering bachelor’s degrees and believe doing so would increase access to higher education and reduce the racial gap in degree attainment. They do not, however, believe states provide enough financial support to ensure the degrees are high quality.

Two-thirds of presidents at four-year colleges strongly disagree or disagree that community colleges should be able to offer baccalaureate degrees. Their greatest concerns are lowering degree quality and mission creep.

Community college presidents’ greatest concern about offering bachelor’s degree programs is that their budgets will be stretched too far.” (7)

Numerous graphs and charts add to the utility of this timely document. An added bonus is to have the reactions of four-year college presidents intermixed on the question that pertains to the perceived “mission creep” inherent in community colleges awarding bachelor degrees. (see p.13)

 

 

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