Finishing hardly equals "success"

04/21/2014 11:04 AM

04/22/2014 6:22 PM

Re Students failing to finish (Our Region, April 21): I'm blessed to teach for the Los Rios Community College District for the past 8 1/2 years. LRCCD is a dynamic, tremendous resource for our community and our workforce, much of which is irrelevant to finishing.

Our community colleges' greatest contributions are reflected in their flexibility, accessibility and inspiration. If finishing were the singular goal, I would guess 70 percent of our students would never have enrolled. Instead, they enroll for life growth and exploration, to develop skills, to gain momentum for further education and even to gain a new sense of self and/or employability.

They enroll easily, and try out courses at relatively inexpensive rates. Most LRCCD students have an inspiring, interesting experience. Holding finishing rates as the criteria for funding is dramatically short-sighted on the part of the state of California.

-- Mitch Darnell, MS, OSM, CRC, Sacramento

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