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Comment on _inside higher ed_

http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions_of_a_community_college_dean/community_colleges_as_debtbusters

Dean Dad wrote, "Depending on its location and profile, the options for Honors programs may be limited, and outside of those programs, you may not get the same average level of academic preparation among your peers as you would at most four-year schools."

I think the question of how intellectual/engaged one's peers are in a given class would be a worthy thing to research. I teach at a for-profit which uses almost entirely face-to-face instruction, and some students have transferred from sketchier places (hint: University of Phoenix). These transfers point out the obvious: if the other students in the all-online class can't write or think critically, then one's time spent on a forum makes one dumber, not smarter.

That relates to my personal experience. At age 19, I somehow knew that the smarter, more-curious students would be forking over the cash at the private liberal arts college I went to, while the engagement level and campus life would be moribund at a community college. (My father thought a CC would be a good way to save money.) My experience confirmed the suspicion, as I and many of my undergrad friends have gone on to upper-level degrees, but I encourage the efforts of, for example, Dean Dad, to make CCs a place of engagement where a student could do two years at a CC, two years at Midtier U, and then an upper-level degree. The changing economics of higher ed demand it.
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