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October 14, 2012

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suburbancorrespondent,

As always, reality is way more complicated than any sound bite.

Karen (formerly kcinnova)

Lives changed for the better is pretty awesome.

I can't make a better comment than suburbancorrespondent just made.

Green Girl in Wisconsin

Amen amen--behind the scenes the view is often different. And I'm so so so glad you've found work that is gratifying on an altruistic level AND on a financial level. I could never picture you satisfied with merely a paycheck.

Christina

It's a rough industry to figure out. I've worked my whole life for a non-profit private university and I've watched many for profit enterprises come and go and witnessed quite a few students coming over to us from a for profit they felt was not giving them what they needed.

But I also have friends who left here back in the 90s to join some for profit schools that I think, overall, do a very good job of educating students. So much is in how they recruit and who they target. With a specific program like you are in, I would think that you have students right away who, regardless of their prior educational struggles, are probably very enthusiastic about their area of study and will put a lot into it.

And I think everyone involved in education knows that what the student puts into it is more than half the battle.

I love working our graduation ceremonies so that I see the lives we've changed. I'm so glad you are working somewhere where you can see that happen too.

Cassi Renee

I will be so interested to hear the tidbits you feel comfortable blogging.

Certainly for-profit schools have gotten a bad rap for recruiting unprepared students and pretending that it's going to be easy. And I know there have been problems with students ending up more in debt and without the resources to get a job and pay it back. Those stories are scary.

But I think life is always more complex than it looks from the outside, and also that one person's experience from an institution is not everyone's experience. I'm at a public community college, and how much freedom you have in the classroom varies significantly between departments. Some departments have cookie-cutter requirements, whereas others (mine, luckily) encourage individual faculty to decide the best way to teach the material. What students experience in the classroom can be very different!

But the attrition rate at community colleges is really high too, and at some point you have to admit that a lack of resources starting from pre-school and going through high school can not always be cured by a few college classes. I worry a lot about how the Federal government wants us to be funded based on graduation rates. Will that mean we just give out all A's, so the college can get public funds?

But any student we can help on their way to success is one less person in the world who isn't making it.

lanes

I want you - or someone like you [excuse me while I croon Adele] - working in that position! I know how much you care and how much you will bust your rump to help peeps who are getting it together.

Brightside=Susan

I am so glad you found this position when the pblic schools have been reducing staff. While it may not have been your first choice, your students are lucky to have you rather than someone from the field without the training and gift for teaching.

momtaxijulie

I was thinking about you yesterday! Glad work is going well for you!

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