"Students who complete generally are able to pay back,'' Jenkins says. "But the big problem is students who come into community college maybe borrow $3,000 to $4,000, and drop out almost right away. These students who get washed out in developmental education get discouraged. If you dropped out right away and have $3,000 to $4,000 in debt, even though that's not a lot for someone with a degree, for someone without a degree you can't get a good job to pay back that loan. So it is not surprising in Indiana with the low completion rates in the community colleges."
"Academically, it was a little hard at the beginning because the workload is heavier and expectations are way higher," she says. "But I had two different professors tell me that community college students have a really good work ethic. My community college experience made me really resilient and made me really fight for what I want. Now that I know that I can do things, I'm empowered to fight for what I want."
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a strong proponent of school choice, has praised magnet schools for their success and commitment to quality. But this specialized approach to education has also come under fire from critics, who note that popular magnet schools, some of which use test scores or a lottery system to admit students, are reserved for the best and brightest. A longer commute to and from school for students and a narrow curriculum are other rebukes lobbed by opponents.