Monday, March 24, 2014

Comparison Between Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions


Be it a community college or a university, wherever you go you are to write an essay and that too for a multiple time. But there are far more other significant differences other than the length of papers you are to turn in. All of the colleges, whether graduate or post-graduate, are meant for getting a degree of higher education. But what set them apart are the following differences:

  • One is free to enter a community college if willing to go for a degree. There are not many strict criteria set for one to pursue a degree at a community college apart from a few courses which accept only a selected amount of students to be enrolled. A high school diploma, however is required for one to be eligible. As for a public college or university, you have to have a certain score on your SAT or other standardized tests to be eligible for enrollment. However, students still have to test their level of study by taking a placement test to know where they stand before being admitted to a community college.
  • There is no fixed age limit for a student to pursue his/her studies in a community college and students may take up the courses as and when they find it affordable enough. As for a public or private college, the age usually starts from 18 to 22 years right after one is done with his/her baccalaureate degree.
  • Many students take up part time courses in their community college education life while the students at a private college are there on a full-time regular basis.
  • A lot of these community colleges prepare their students for being trained in vocational and technical subjects while colleges in the private sector offer training in professional degrees like law or medicine in addition to a little focus on other technical courses.
  • An associate degree is the highest that is usually offered at a government college where mostly degree programs take a year or two for completion. When it comes to a four-year college or institute, a baccalaureate degree is offered as the highest undergraduate degree which takes 4 to 6 years to be completed.
  • The main focus of the teachers at a community college is only teaching and they are usually the ones holding a Master’s or PhD degree. The faculty members at a private college are responsible either for teaching, researching or even for publication work.

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