Full-time enrollment at community colleges is up more than 24 percent since 2007. Increasingly, students can’t get into the courses they need, raising the likelihood they’ll drop out.No doubt, though, that somewhere there is a senior administrator keeping track of the uptrend in student-credit-hours-per-faculty-member and nodding approvingly.
“What we’re trying to do in higher education is increase the number of students enrolling while simultaneously spending less money on it,” says Terry Hartle, a senior vice president at the American Council on Education. “ And if that’s the way you’re going about it, the likelihood of success is very, very low.”
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