The lieutenant governor is suggesting ways to improve community colleges. The completion rate is poor: 80 percent of recent high school graduates who enroll in a community college do not complete a certificate or degree within three years. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon blames poor math skills, and wants remedial programs that work.
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“There are some exciting things going on in community colleges that really target getting students up to speed and doing it quickly, and getting them earning those credit classes rather than wallowing in remediation,” she said. Simon is also urging report cards on aggregate student performance, like the ones for local school districts, so students can evaluate the colleges. Simon visited the state’s 48 community colleges last year before developing her findings, which were released Thursday.