What Are the Challenges That Students Face on Community Colleges?

Students at community colleges often face challenges that include financial stress while balancing employment with school work, college readiness and the need for remedial classes. Many community college students also struggle with mastering emerging technologies with limited resources.

Retention rates at community colleges are often affected by a student's level of preparedness when entering higher education. For example, if a student is not academically prepared for college level work, a non-credit remedial course in math, reading or English may be required, thus increasing the length of time a student attends to complete enough credits for a degree. In addition, some community colleges do not have the necessary resources, labs, tutoring and counseling support readily available for students in need of training in time management and study skills.

Students attending community college who are balancing families, full-time employment and schoolwork are often at risk of dropping out of classes or struggling academically with the demands of college-level work, especially in low-income communities and geographic areas with high rates of poverty. With these financial woes, some community college students are not able to acquire tablets, computers or smartphones needed to keep up with the emerging technologies used in college-level courses. Not all community colleges have computer labs or electronic access for students to use when on campus.