Our audit of Community College Completion was referenced in an Oregonian Editorial on May 28:
An audit released Wednesday by the Oregon Secretary of State revealed how poorly community colleges are doing in helping their students graduate. Only 24 percent of students who enrolled in 2007-2008 had earned a certificate or associate’s degree in the ridiculously generous time frame of seven years. Compared with 35 other states for students who entered that same year, the audit found that only four states fared worse than Oregon.
The audit found that community colleges aren’t paying enough attention to advising students, tracking their progress or helping them map out their academic careers. While community colleges do have some programs in place, they have helped only a small proportion of those students they should be targeting, the audit found.