Community Colleges and Universitys?

What are some similarities and differences of community colleges and universities?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Boy, I don't know where people get all this from!

    Community Colleges, as a general rule, are an extension of the same system as Public High Schools, but with different administration bodies. They are autonomus.

    But, they quallify for Federal Funding. For this reason they have virtually no entrance requirements, but do have academic performance requirements.

    Some places will let you in if you are 18. Others if you have a GED or HS Diploma. Some will let in you while in HS.

    As long as you were never put on ACADEMENIC probation by another college there is OPEN ENROLLMENT.

    No essays required. No SAT test required. No GPA required from HS. You can go parttime or fulltime. Manditory classes are only require as PREREQUSITIES by the department head or to get a degree or certificate.

    If you do lousey on the placement tests they DO NOT refuse to admit you, they put you in Baby Math and Baby English.

    There is a downside. Only STATE colleges generally accept the degree or transfer credits. Universities, public and private, cherry pick what they will allow as transfer.

    In short Cal State system will accept the full two years as Lower Division if you get an AA, but UC may not and may only allow 1 or 2 quarters worth of transfers.

    On the UP side, some CCs have 2 year programs that rival the 4 year State College ones!

    LAValley, for example (a 2 year school) has a better cinema and theater department (run by an MFA from Pasadena Playhouse) than CSNU

    LAValley has the SAME journalism cirriculum as CSNU

    You will take the SAME courses with the SAME books and get a 4 year degree at CSNU as you did in 2 years at Valley.

    The AA, of course, doesn't hold as much weight as the BA

    CC is good for people who need a stop gap between highschool and college.

    Universities have lower division classes in 200-600 student auditoriums. CCs are 40 student classes.

    However, ROLL is taken (Federal funding, they only get it for students in class) and you are DROPPED if you miss 3 hours of class.

    Also there is no CREDIT/NO CREDIT, AUDITING or PASS/FAIL in the CC system.

    Finally there is cost. CCs cost about $20 per credit hour while State Colleges cost between $100 and $200 per credit hour for residents, State Universities cost between $300 and $500 per credit hour and Private Universities cost between $1000 and $1,500 per credit hour.

    A year at a CC will cost you about $500-$800. A year at State will cost you $1,500 to $2,000. A year at a UC will cost you $5,000 to $15,000. Year at Private University is between $30,000 and $45,000 NOT including dorm.

    Private universities are far better equipped. They also sometimes have better teachers.

    BUT once upon a time at Valley they had a Mitchell 35mm movie camera, a super 8 flatbed, a 16mm Arri BL and Moviola, stand up mag film mixing from a variety of sources and their instructors included Lab Techs from Foto Kem, Directors of Photography from the industry, the head of the CBS Sound Department who trained students at the Radford center (now MTM studios) and a PH D teaching history.

    The Theater department had a mime trained by Marcel Marceau.

    Of course that was years ago, not sure who is there today.

    But that equipment list is impressive for a CC that was run back then by Dr. Timmons who was trained at UCLA and USC and wrote books on getting jobs in cinema work outside of the mainstream, considered a class work.

    His specialty was doing his best to place 30% or more of his graduates in the field actually doing filmwork.

    Most schools do not have that high a success rate.

    He stressed commercial, documentaries, industrial film work.

  • 1 decade ago

    Community colleges are usually a 2-year Associates program and then you move on to Universtiy after that if you want to do a 4-year bachelor's program. I went to both and I can say that I had a much better time at Community College because it was cheaper, there were less students so more personalized attention in class, and there were more scholarships, grants and loans available. This may not always be the case but I think it's generally how it works. Community colleges also help some people get into University because admissions requirements are generally lower. I knew someone who did not have the grades/ACT score to get into a 4-year college, but did well at community college and was able to go on to the 4 year program.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Community colleges have less rigorous admission policies, so they accept students the university will not take. Their classes often are "dumbed down," and professors who teach at a university level may be disciplined.

    The faculty includes large numbers of people who have not earned PhD degrees (although many certainly know their subject matter well) and no academic "stars" at the forefront of research or publication. Many instructors are part-time and not heavily invested in teaching college as a career. The benefits package sucks.

    The social milieu is more like high school than college, largely because nearly all students live off-campus, so there's less cohesive social structure.

    They are, however, cheap-cheap-cheap, and a student who does well at a community college can transfer to a university for the second half of college, saving a bundle.

  • 1 decade ago

    Community colleges let in practically anyone so you get a lot of hooligans who should not be on a college campus but they are there anyways. You see this mostly introductory courses that don't have prereqs. Speaking of prereqs, most community colleges teach a lot, and I do mean a lot, of remedial courses in math and English so it's a good place to start if your skill level is low due to not ever having been subjected to higher academics in high school and/or have been out of high school for a long time (you'll often see middle aged, even elderly people coming back to school!). On the other hand, if you're academically talented and starving for challenging coursework you might find it difficult to do on a community college campus since few courses beyond the introductory level are offered.

    But community colleges are very cheap and tend to be located nearer to one's home/work, plus have a tendency to cater more to working individuals, with lots of evening courses offered. Convenience alone can make community college a winner.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you are in the US colleges and universities have alot of differences.

    Universities are actually abunch of different colleges. When you graduate from a univ. you grad from one of the colleges such as the school of business or education etc....College are smaller Universities are bigger. (generally not all)

    Community Colleges tend to be cheaper that universities and the criteria to being accepted is usally alot lower ( cc basically a high school diploma gets you in)

    Alot of people go to cc to get a start then transfer to a university if they could not get into a university in the first place.

    Community Colleges can only offer 2 year degrees where universities can offer 4 year degrees

  • 4 years ago

    Community colleges do still have some requirements which different from college to college. You still need to apply if taking classes for credit, but generally speaking all applicants are admitted. Universities have stricter standards and may include entrance essays into the process of applying. It is best to have a school in mind, and then browse the website in order to get a feel for what they specifically ask.

  • 1 decade ago

    Uni's are generally cheaper due to more leverage on scholarships and help from the government. College's a often much more expensive.

    Sometimes uni's are the better option, and vice versa with College's (it depends where you are and what course you want to take).

    Because college's specialize in one specific area (like The Hotel School, and The College Of Physical Education), a wider range of services on campus can be offered.

  • community colleges have a higher dropout rate than univertisties one being money costly at a univ.

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