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Remember the community colleges

This community college dean was not pleased to open up his New York Times and read this four-part colloquy asking why colleges are so selective:

How is someone at a community college supposed to read the question “why are colleges so selective?”

a. ironically
b. as a direct slap in the face
c. as yet another indication of just how provincial the New York Times is
d. all of the above

To explain the Times’ thinking, I’ll trot out my old friend, the syllogism. Colleges are selective. Community colleges are not selective. Therefore, community colleges are not colleges.


Honestly, sometimes reading the Times I channel my inner Lou Ferrigno. “HULK SMASH PUNY RECORDING SECRETARY OF RULING CLASS!”...I couldn’t really expect them to acknowledge the existence of community colleges. There are only 1100 or so of them in the U.S., enrolling just under half of the entire undergraduate population of the country. By contrast, there are over seven schools in the Ivy League alone!

By Ezra Klein  |  September 14, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
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It's not just about community colleges. There are something like 2000 colleges and universities in the USA. I cannot imagine any of them beyond the top 200 are "selective" in the sense of turning away qualified applicants. Ohio State has an acceptance rate of 75%. According to USNews, More than 80% of four-year non-profit colleges have an acceptance rate above 50%-- and that's only counting what US News has data for, not counting hundreds of other small colleges around the country.

Posted by: constans | September 14, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I especially liked his last line: "Community colleges are news fit to print, too. Honestly."

Posted by: madjoy | September 14, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Come on. Get over it.

The article obviously is addressing the highly competitive nature of the country's top 50 or so schools.

Of course community colleges and many other colleges are less selective.

The reality is that for those who are trying to get admitted to the top 50 (a demographic very likely to be reading the N.Y. Times) it is an intersting topic.

Get off you politically correct pedestal and get a life.

PS I can assure you that the NY Times has done art

Posted by: Angie6 | September 14, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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