Part of this Complete College Initiative is the College Access Grant program. Its target populations, or those it intends to serve, are both "P-12 students who are underrepresented in post-secondary education and their families (and) low-income adults at risk of not completing college."
Commendable idea, for sure, but maybe not easily achieved, to say the least. I must ask one question right off the bat, because it seems to have become politically correct to make sure everyone gets some sort of college degree these days no matter whether or not they ever intend to do anything with it.
Come on, there are all kinds of "collars" in the American workforce: white collar, and blue collar being the most familiar. Liberal Arts training works for some, and Technical Arts work for many others. There are, however, some skills currently used by employees that don't require nor need college training.
Doesnt it make more sense to spend the time and energy here to get these people into good-paying jobs where they will remain gainfully employed? Doesn't that make more sense to me than sticking them in some college which they will find later has been a whole and complete and utter waste of their time?
Lets get real. College, whatever sort, is not for everyone! It is certainly not the American dream. Working and building a better life for yourself IS the American dream.
Well, to continue with my concerns here, in reading the College Access Grant information I immediately become alarmed at the number one goal: "To increase the number of underrepresented students who graduate from Georgia high schools academically ready, informed about, supported for, and motivated for post-secondary education"
Why does this bother me? Because it should be obvious to everyone who has ever been our high schools that there are many students who have NO interest in anything even closely resembling further education. Graduate them, yes, but not by "dumbing it down."
Then, when I look at goal number two, I get further concerned, for it says "To increase the number of underrepresented students graduating from Georgia high schools who successfully transition into, persist in, and complete post-secondary education."
Why does this concern me? Simple! Because it is not just trying to get these "underrepresented" populations into colleges, but it seems to insinuate that colleges will be encouraged to do whatever necessary to keep these students there once they arrive.
Finally, let me state I am wholly in favor of helping adults of all makes and models finishing their college degrees if they have expended the effort to show that they want them.
The entire enterprise may be defined as cynicism wrapped in the trappings of idealism. College is a cash cow ,and that is really what matters. Proponents of this folly are really not as foolish as they appear to be.