Lt. Gov.: Community Colleges Are Falling Short

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says the state’s community colleges are falling short, and has some suggestions for improvement.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, four out of five community college students fail to get their degree on time.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports

Simon is calling for better math education in high schools and tying colleges’ funding to student success rates.

In a report to be released Thursday, Simon asserts that Illinois is not getting enough out of its community colleges. Instead of degrees or job training, many students only end up in debt.

A major part of the problem, Simon says is that students are not ready when they enroll.

Almost half of recent high school graduates in Illinois community colleges have to take at least one remedial course. These courses don’t count toward a degree, but still cost students time and money.

Simon recommends requiring students to take math classes all four years of high school, instead of just three. She also says remedial courses should count toward a degree in some cases.

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  • inalienablewrights

    Why in Hades does government not stick to what we created it for? Has everyone forgotten? Think hard…. Remember Thomas Paine?
    It was created ONLY to protect our inalienable rights. Not to mis-educate/indoctrinate our kids.

  • GiveMeBackMyBullets

    Sure, tie funding to success rates, because that has worked so well in public schools.

    The world needs ditch diggers too.

  • Me

    Really? Has the Lt Gov looked at the marks of the state colleges? They are worse than the community colleges. Plus, community college is where the kids needing remedial work are reccommended to go by the HS counselors and state college recruiters.

    Just another hand picked, not elected, elected official sticking their noise further in a place that they really don’t need to be in the first place.

  • Just Axin

    She’s another one that has to have a press conference every now and then to show us she’s still “relevant”. Abolish her office ASAP.

  • Chivi

    Drug test your teachers!! A whole lot of them don’t care about teaching they just care about their paycheck and the days off and retiring at 55!! Are you serious?? The teachers are failing their job. The unions have to be held accountable. Don’t just collect their union dues and so be it. They have to be held responsible. The CPS union should be sued every time one of their teachers is found to be breaking the law. They should keep their people in check not just take their dues.

  • tom Sharp

    I guess Ms. Simon didn’t get the message: Da ex-Mayor did away with social promotion in the schools., Remember??? The community colleges are filled with losers who can’t do 8th grade math or reading. Shut them down and balance the budget!

  • inalienablewrights

    I love it!
    If people are this upset with their owners…
    when in Gods name is the revolution going to begin?

    You can not rule without consent.

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