Thesis statement: Even though Southern University and Delta Community College are both great colleges, they differ in their opinions about education, college life, and career options. The reason I am writing this contrast and compare essay is to compare the colleges to choose which college environment is right for me. http://www.education.com/reference/article/compare-community-college-four-year/ Author: Susan H. Stafford — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Date: Apr 30, 2014
Title: Comparison between Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions
Accessed: September 26, 2014
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Most community colleges offer a comprehensive curriculum (course of study) that focuses mainly on liberal arts and sciences, plus vocational and technical training for direct entry into the workforce, an option that most four-year such as institutions do not offer. Continuing education and workforce development programs are integral to community colleges' mission to meet local needs.
The undergraduate curriculum (course of study) focuses mainly on liberal arts and sciences, preparation for professional degrees law or medicine, and preparation for other graduate level education. Many four-year institutions also offer continuing education and workforce training programs.
An associate's degree is usually the highest degree awarded; however, a few states: “Florida, Arkansas, Utah" have begun to allow community colleges to offer a bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree. Most degree programs can be completed in 2 years of full-time attendance. Certificate programs typically take a year or less to complete if you go full time.
All four-year colleges and universities offer a bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree as the highest undergraduate degree. Some also offer an associate's degree. The bachelor's degree typically takes 4 to 6 years to …show more content…
Most four-year institutions are geared to full-time, residential students with on-campus housing in dormitories widely available (although they may also have a commuter population).
Faculty members are mainly focused on teaching as their primary responsibility; many colleges require faculty to have master's degrees and there are a growing number who also hold doctorates.
Faculty members' focus is divided among teaching, research, and publication; there is a higher percentage of faculty with doctorates than in community colleges.
Class size averages between 25 and 40 students. Classes are taught by full-time or part-time (adjunct) faculty.
Although average class size varies, many lower-division (freshman and sophomore) classes, especially lecture classes, can be very large and are often taught by graduate teaching assistants.
Tuition for community colleges is affordable.
Tuition costs at public institutions are usually at least twice that of community colleges and often more at a private