Career colleges around the nation like Kaplan and The University of Phoenix say President Obama’s new education plan to graduate 5 million students from community colleges by 2020 is not well thought out.
They say a disproportionate amount of federal aid is going to community colleges where students don’t graduate and complete their programs compared to the higher graduation rates at career colleges according to research by The Coalition for Educational Success.
The statistics state that career colleges graduate 58 percent of their students, while community colleges graduate only 20 percent of their students.
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Obama is fighting back by planning to spend in excess of $6 billion in grants and workforce training programs to send students to community colleges. It is not clear whether the spending will lead to higher graduation rates or what students will do with their education, but Obama has stated that parents are struggling in the recession to send their children to college, and a two year community college program is much more affordable than a four year degree.
Among young adults 25 to 34, the United States is only tied for seventh in the percentage holding an associate’s degree or higher. Belgium has the highest number of graduates while Canada has 53 percent beating the U.S. with 39 percent.