Speaking at a committee meeting of the U. of North Carolina Board of Governors last week, James Anderson, chancellor of Fayetteville State U., criticized a plan to route weaker students to community colleges: “If we choose to go with this, in essence we’re going to eradicate diversity as we now know it.”
The University of North Carolina system might soon have to make its least-qualified admitted students earn a community-college degree before permitting them to enroll. The idea is backed by Republican state lawmakers, who have argued that it would increase the system’s graduation rates, cut student debt, and give students a better chance of receiving some kind of postsecondary credential.
But the university isn’t keen on the plan. Last week the research staffs of the UNC system and the North Carolina Community College system presented a report to the UNC Board of Governors that breaks down how a deferred-enrollment plan [NCGAP] might work and analyzes its potential outcomes.
“NCGAP shall be a deferred admission program that requires a student who satisfies the admission criteria of a constituent institution, but whose academic credentials are not as competitive as other students admitted to the institution, to enroll in a community college in this State and earn an associate degree prior to enrolling as a student at the constituent institution.”**
- Community Colleges say they are ready to take more UNC-bound students. (Stancil, Jane. The News & Observer. 18 March 2016)
- What Would Happen if North Carolina Sent Its Weakest Students to Community College First? (Brown, Sarah. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 07 March 2016)*
- UNC leaders: NCGAP would hurt poor, rural, minority students (Stancil, Jane. The News & Observer. 03 March 2016)