The op-ed by Fred Miller "'Cooling out' poor minority kids in community college" (May 9) was one of the most incredulous opinions on community colleges that I have ever read. I could take issue on a line-by-line basis with each premise of the article. I will try, however, to address two fundamental points.
First, based on my 15 year tenure as an associate professor at Anne Arundel Community College, there is nothing in my experience that suggests that we "deployed various mechanisms to persuade the majority of their students to give up their 'unrealistic' baccalaureate aspirations." If anything, students who arrive with less than a four-year transfer program in mind are directed/encouraged/supported to consider such a program when consistent with their goals and aspirations. Mr. Miller appears to equate associate degrees and certificate programs with diversion techniques to direct poor and minority students from selective 4 year colleges.