The leftmost column is a list of schools, nearly all community colleges, that have open admissions. All you need is a pulse and a check book. The bins become increasingly selective as one moves from left to right.
One thing that becomes notable when researching universities is that the more selective universities have significantly higher four year graduation rates. The less selective universities claim that less prepared students must take remedial classes that do not count toward graduation. In effect, their four hundred meter race begins one hundred meters behind the starting line. This argument is a bit thin because there is no huge jump in graduation rates when looking at five or six year time horizons.
Lansing Community College is the closest community college and has a graduation rate of 8% and a transfer rate of 27%. LCC does not publish ACT scores for its population so it is not plotted in my graphic.
|Image from HERE|
It would be interesting to retest community college students after two years of college. In theory, there should be huge growth in "college readiness" because they will be transferring in as Juniors. In practice, "college readiness" is probably a combination of lack-of-preparation and habits that make some students resistant to learning. Community college can ameliorate the lack of preparation but is not the best tool for fixing ineffective habits.
Being able to finish one's college education quickly is important because of the time value of money. $40,000 earned this year is worth far more than $25,000 spent this year and $40,000 earned next year. And even though times are tough and most people are not thinking about pay raises, it is important to remember that time-in-grade plays a part in promotions and raises. It is also sometimes used as a tie-breaker in lay-offs.
|This line shows the percentage of students who did not graduate in four years (or less). This is the same chart of 25% ACT scores shown above...but flipped upside-down.|
|Not everybody is college material.|