By Jordan Speed
CCC Journalism Program
Many Camden County College students are not graduating by their expected two-year mark.
Of the school’s 15,493 students, 3.9 percent are graduating after two years, compared to 13.6 percent of students graduating after three years, an IPEDS survey on Camden County College’s 2011 Annual Institutional Profile Report shows.
CCC’s student government believes this is the most controversial issue among Camden County College students.
Student Government President Shaquille Flowers believes pre-college-level math and English classes are a cause for students’ not graduating by the two-year mark.
“Others might start off in remedial classes, so it’s gonna take them longer to graduate,” Flowers says.
Flowers also believes unnecessary classes may be a cause.
“You have to take unnecessary classes that we probably don’t even need,” Flowers says, adding, “I’m a business major. I don’t see why I have to take classes like chemistry or bio. Taking those unnecessary classes is forcing me to be here longer.”
Flowers suggests students not overwhelm themselves even though they may not graduate by their two-year mark.
“Take the amount of classes that you could, don’t be overwhelmed. Don’t take six classes if you can’t handle it,” Flowers says. “If you fail a class, you’re just going to have to take it over anyway. You’ll be there for longer.”
Camden County College, in addition to other county colleges, advertise themselves as two-year institutions, which could add pressure to students.
“When people are in high school and people tell them, ‘Well, you can go to Camden County and be there for two years and transfer to another school,’ people are already in that mindset where they’re only gonna spend two years there and that’s as long as it’s going to take. People are not thinking initially, well, I may be there for three years or four years,” Flowers says.
Flowers suggests CCC can evaluate students by asking them how many classes they would like to take a semester and when they would like to graduate. From there, students can have an idea of how long they may be at the school.
Flowers wants to resolve the issue but admits he doesn’t know how long resolving it can take.
“I really don’t know how long it will take,” Flowers says. “It is extremely important to remind them (Board of Trustees) of the issue. They may put it on the back burner.”