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Does community college necessarily mean it's easier?

I Hope UTI Hope UT Posts: 580Registered User Member
edited July 2009 in College Life
I mean, are the professors told not to make the work too hard cause they know a lot of students couldn't make it to a university?

I am taking a summer class and this just came to mind...
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Replies to: Does community college necessarily mean it's easier?

  • LogicWarriorLogicWarrior Posts: 3,671- Senior Member
    I mean, are the professors told not to make the work too hard cause they know a lot of students couldn't make it to a university?

    Just the opposite, they need to keep the average GPA low to prevent too many students from being UC-eligible.
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Posts: 4,590Registered User Senior Member
    Usaually the calibre of the students is severly lower though than at the major public universities though...
  • chickenboi8008chickenboi8008 Posts: 2,500Registered User Senior Member
    ^^ That's definitely true, hence it being a little "easier" than going to a university. If you though high school was easy or okay, the same goes for a community college. If you have the mindset of a hard worker who tries his/her best to suceed, then it will be easy.
  • Little_DuckLittle_Duck Posts: 982Registered User Member
    guess it depends on the CC but most of the time it has nothing to do with the college itself, just the professor. some professors make the class easy and some make it really difficult.
  • aigiqinfaigiqinf Posts: 4,005Registered User Senior Member
    ^^ That's definitely true, hence it being a little "easier" than going to a university. If you though high school was easy or okay, the same goes for a community college. If you have the mindset of a hard worker who tries his/her best to suceed, then it will be easy.

    Not always. My mom was a professor and said she graded the same at community colleges as when she taught at 4-year university (my dad was a pastor so she had to move around a lot). It is what the professors are like.

    One of my former teachers said that a lot of the students at community colleges are there because there family is dependent on their income or because they can't afford to start at a 4-year university otherwise.
  • bdmet2491bdmet2491 Posts: 438Registered User Member
    ..........Yes.
  • zeppelinpage4zeppelinpage4 Posts: 376Registered User Member
    Well a lot of my friends are going the CC route and though I can't say anything for academics. The fact that they get to stay home and drive to school for another two years makes one aspect of college life much easier.

    Not having to deal with leaving home and dorm life etc...

    Academically, at least the CC here, it depends a lot on how good the student is. The ones that push themselves and work hard get far and end up transferring to really good schools later on, so the academics certainly seem to be there and at a comparable level to regular colleges. Some of my friends who are going I could say are probably about the same if not smarter than me and they're just going to save money, but I know they'll learn just as well.
  • VernalagniaVernalagnia Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    My CC experience was easier than High School. Your mileage my vary.
  • springisintheairspringisintheair Posts: 448Registered User Member
    Generally, the coursework is not as challenging at a CC as at a university; a diligent student can usually do very well grade wise at a CC.
  • liek0806liek0806 Posts: 3,316Registered User Senior Member
    I don't know what it's like at Community Colleges around the country, but in major cities, such as LA, you might get university caliber professors who weren't able to land a full time or tenure track position at local universities.
    The professors might have the capacity to teach at "better" schools, but the realistic options or market out there for professors is not that great compared to the amount of students coming out with PhDs every year.
    These professors generally understand their position(i believe) and understand that most students at CC aren't at the level of kids at universities. Because of this, they tend to dumb down the class, but will notice the "bright kids" if they make themselves stand out by in class discussions. papers, questions, etc.
    I can tell you that from my experience(thus far after attending a 4 year and multiple CCs) that some of the best professors have been at CCs. Most CC kids aren't aware of the bargain/deal, luck, they have with these professors.
    I remember speaking to one of my philosophy CC professors who was stating that they were interviewing candidates for a full time position at the CC I was taking a class in. He stated that in a month of announcing the position over 200 qualified applicants had submitted an application, and in California CC, generally speaking minimum requirements are a master's degree.
  • liek0806liek0806 Posts: 3,316Registered User Senior Member
    Lastly the course work will generally vary by professor, major, and class regardless of school. I remember my freshman year of college at a 4 year school consisted of papers that were 12+ pages, while my friends at other local universities(which were regarded nationally and better than my school) were doing papers that consisted of 4-8(at the most) pages. At community college I've had everything from 2 page papers up to 8 page papers. Definitely varies.
  • WantsBrownWantsBrown Posts: 925Registered User Member
    Probably depends on the professor. I wouldnt immediately write it off as easy
  • TheMan777TheMan777 Posts: 685Registered User Member
    Easier course load and more likely better curving because of a few low standard students. I have taken quite a few CC courses. I can tell you there are a few very good teachers, small class sizes, and great environment close to home (from my experience). I will probably take a few general education courses at my CC, but certainly not anything in my major.

    Compared to a university level experience, CC courses just aren't on the same level. Its harder in universities to succeed and it will challenge you more to stand out. Don't get me wrong, CC learning has great education, I have learned a ton. But you need to put in extra effort to get the same amount of of education as a university.

    I hope i don't come out sounding like an arrogant anti-CCer =/, I am quite the opposite...
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