English Composition 1
9:30 April 13, 2010
Tarrant County College
I believe Tarrant County College is an institution of higher learning that considers the needs of its students and prepares them for the transition to other institutions of higher learning. Although some people would say that it is not a good idea to study at Tarrant County College before going to a university, studying at Tarrant County College is good because it creates time for students to define majors, provides quality education at a much lower cost for completing students' need to complete basic requirements, and offers an opportunity to boost students' GPAs.
Studying at Tarrant County College after finishing high school is the time for students to define their major. Many students do not know what to major in when they graduate from high school. Two out of three students will change their major at least once during their college careers. Tarrant County College is a good place to explore fields that interest students before committing to a major. For example, the average cost per credit hour for in-district students attending Tarrant County College is $65 compared with about $550 per credit hour at the University of Texas at Arlington. Students will save money by paying less per credit than they would at a four-year school while taking time to explore their options. After they figure out their majors, they can finish the basic requirements at TCC.
Tarrant County College helps students to complete basic requirements of university with much lower cost. In general, most American community colleges are funded by state or local taxes. Tuition can be as much as 20-80% less than at regular universities. Specifically, one academic year of Tarrant County College tuition can be as low as $2,000 to $3,000 US dollars, compared to one academic year of university tuition at $15,000 to $25,000 US dollars. Therefore, students attending at Tarrant County College before completing their bachelor's degree at a four-year institution can save a sizable dollar amount. Students are going to have to get their general graduation requirements out of the way one way or another. TCC is a good place to earn these credits. The faculty at TCC tends to focus more on teaching than research, which means students get help in subjects they struggle with. Classes are smaller; the average community college class size is 25-35 students; therefore, it is easier for students to communicate with their professors. "Most students, I believe, find that general education types of courses are often the most difficult types of courses in their educational experience," says Kevin Pham, physics professor at UT Arlington. Once students are enrolled in a four-year college, they can focus on the classes they want to take as part of their majors, rather than spending time and money on the classes they need to take. To sum up, TCC provides most basic courses required...