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The USA TODAY Network featured President Marvin Krislov teaming up with Westchester Community College President Belinda Miles in their op ed "Far too many students earn credits without completing a degree: Here’s how to change that"

04/20/2021

The USA TODAY Network featured President Marvin Krislov teaming up with Westchester Community College President Belinda Miles in their op ed "Far too many students earn credits without completing a degree: Here’s how to change that"

By Marvin Krislov and Belinda Miles: 

Today’s college students are not who you think they are.

One-third of them are more than 25 years old, according to data released last summer by Higher Learning Advocates, a nonprofit supporting student success. Nearly two in five are part-time students, that report said, and only about one in six live on campus.

What’s more, nearly 40% of today’s undergraduates are enrolled at two-year community colleges, according to the report. Some 35% will transfer to at least one different institution during their college career. About 20% are parents.

At the same time, the pandemic has caused college students to delay completing their degrees. The Strada Education Network has found that one in four college students are considering delaying graduation. And, worryingly, some 36 million Americans not currently enrolled in college have some credits but no degree, according to data from the National College Attainment Network.

For the most part, college today is no longer a four-year residential experience for a group of young people recently graduated from high school. Instead, it’s a wide-open, diverse, and dynamic landscape. And the more we embrace that reality, the more we can give today’s students the support they need to earn their college degrees.

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