Originally Answered: Should community college students be held to the same academic standards as a four-year college student?
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If the reasons that people say cc students should *not* be held to the same standards as four year college students are due to outside obligations, then the argument doesn't hold. Four year college students may well have those same obligations. Just because a student is at a four year college, that does not mean that they aren't a parent, or caring for elderly parents, or even working full time. Why should the cc student be given the break, but the four year college student not be?
In addition, if, for example, a statistics class is going to be able to be transferred into a bachelors degree program (should the cc student chose to go on for a BA), that stats class had better have covered the same material as one at a four year college, or 1) the class won't transfer and 2) the student will have been done a disservice.
If an employer or a grad program needs a student to know (same example) statistics, the student needs to know *stats*. They can't know "stats lite." They can't learn less stats just because they have outside obligations. I mean, imagine it: they teach nursing at community colleges. Do you seriously think those student nurses should learn "nursing lite" because they have families at home? You either learn anatomy, or you don't. Outside committments can't come into play re: what is taught.
It's up to the student to balance their workload with their outside committments. Students at both types of schools - ccs and four year schools - need to be able to analyze their needs, and determine how many classes they can take per term, and of which types, and still be able to manage their outside committments. It's entirely reasonable to take one less class a term, so that a student can balance school and outside life. But a professor should not have to lighten a class because they think that their cc students can't handle it due to outside committments. In my opinion, that'd be condescending, and, perhaps worse, the student would not be receiving the education they'd paid for.