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  •  There are other things in the funding formula (1+ / 0-)
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    so the exit exam isn't the only measure. But scores have been trending down slightly, so we came very close to getting a big hit last year.

    So many things are working against us:

    Tuition increases mean fewer adult students, who tend to achieve at higher levels than traditionals.

    Increasing numbers of non-native speakers. I'm glad they're here -- our mission is to serve the community -- but this needs to be accounted for in our statistics.

    NCLB gives us less to work with when students come in the door. Students seem even less prepared to do college level work, and are more often resentful when asked to do anything other than rote memorization.

    A push to improve retention/graduation rates, which ignores the realities for a good number of our students: they're working more, taking longer to complete degrees, and because of open admission, many who enroll aren't really sure if they want a degree. Add to that the emphasis on online courses, which have dramatically higher attrition rates than traditional courses.

    Many of our mandates are inherently contradictory, but somehow the faculty is supposed to make it work.

    •  That's because they are. (0+ / 0-)

      Students seem even less prepared to do college level work, and are more often resentful when asked to do anything other than rote memorization.

      College-level work requires that students be able to utilize critical thinking skills.  Students are taught to regurgitate standard answers to standard questions.  They are taught to give "the right answer" instead of learning why an answer is correct.

      There in no longer a focus on teaching children how to ustilize higher operation thinking.

      Somewhere, Socrates is appalled.

      The apocalypse will require substantial revision of all zoning ordinances. - Zashvill -6.25 -5.69

      by Heiuan on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 08:08:40 AM PDT

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