Thursday, June 26, 2014
Congratulations, TG. The fifth grade won’t know what hit it.
Definitely agree about innovation, but there are also large groups of students that work too much to succeed while taking a full 15 hour load to stay on schedule. They really need the summer, and some could benefit by taking a partial load while only using up part of a semester of Pell if they allowed using it fractionally.
Most students, and particularly those most in need of Pell, are not "one size fits all".
No advice on hacking that system, but it does raise two questions in my mind. One is whether those screens are now both cheaper and better (brighter) and longer lived than the combination of projectors and SmartBoards. The other is whether the theft problem would come back if we phased those into classrooms.
Tell TB that it is OK to be emotional at emotional events.
Your kids are the perfect age - it really doesn't get any better.
And I teared up reading about that program, and I don't even know you guys, haha!
Congratulations to The Girl!!! And to the whole family for making it through another school year!
For one, even without 'year-round' Pell, part-time students typically do have 'leftover' Pell money to receive for summer. In the 4-year sector where full-time enrollment is the norm, 'leftover Pell' is less common.
While Pell can be an issue for full-time students in the CC sector, I think the bigger challenges for CCs are in other programs:
Direct Loans - for a summer trailer school on SAY (anecdotally the most common configuration?), typically none 'left' for summer. Matters especially for single parents paying childcare.
State Grants - no summer funding in most states
SEOG/Perkins - needless complicated rules on funding 'crossover periods' and would need a funding bump to cover summer
'Year round Pell' in some fashion would help (though dear Lord please make it much less convoluted than the mind-numbing rules Congress created last time around), but in terms of summer funding for CC students I'd say Pell is actually in relatively good shape compared to other programs, since at least part-time students can typically still access it, unlike other programs.