Date of this Version
Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Fall/Winter 2015, Volume 16, Number 2.
With community colleges in the national spotlight as never before, a lot of talk has focused on the excellent work that community colleges are doing to help students succeed, especially the inroads that community colleges are making among their most academically vulnerable students. Thanks to the efforts of hard-working, dedicated faculty and forward-thinking college leaders, test scores, grades, and completion rates are making slow but steady progress while achievement gaps are diminishing. These results have been the reason for cautious optimism, and rightly so. Students on the other end of the academic spectrum deserve our attention as well: students who choose to enter our doors when colleges with ivy on their buildings and in their leagues—Harvard, Princeton and Yale come to mind—would be more than happy to offer them a spot. Community colleges are also addressing the educational needs of these academically gifted students.