In contrast to Larry Leighton ’56, I am pleased to hear that President Eisgruber ’83 and those implementing the strategic plan may look to community colleges for eligible transfer students. Given the increasing costs of higher education, starting at community college makes sense for many students. Recent research published on the Inside Higher Ed website shows that high-achieving community-college transfer students succeed at levels equal to or greater than students who start at selective colleges. Graduates of Mercer County Community College have gone on to thrive at Penn, Cornell, Columbia, and Stanford (among others).
(Gianna Durso-Finley ’87 is a professor of Sociology and Assistant Dean for American Honors, Mercer County Community College.)