Improved accommodation of part-time students needed to foster success

May 1, 2018

A recent study has found that community colleges in the US must foster part-time student success in order to close the achievement gap for ethnic minorities, reports Inside Higher Ed. The study further noted that part-time enrolment negatively affects students’ ability to graduate. According to Christina Hubbard, Director of Strategic Research at EAB, shifting to full-time status is not necessarily an option for ethnic minorities. “Underrepresented minorities and low-income students, they're more likely to be working,” Hubbard stated. “So, to expect them to go 15 credits at a time is setting them up to fail.” The article highlights several colleges that have adjusted their part-time requirements to improve graduation rates. Inside Higher Ed