Is “first course free” an effective motivator for our traditional students?

Is “first course free” an effective motivator for our traditional students?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, two foundations are providing first course free for New Hampshire high school graduates at any of the state’s seven community colleges this fall.

A wonderful gesture for students and to help our struggling community colleges, is this the right incentive for a traditional student? For an adult student juggling work and family, and trying to determine if they can fit college into their life, starting with a course at a time seems like a great idea. But for a potential full time student, is that the best way to trial a college experience – with  a super light half measure? Should the course happen as part of the student’s final semester of high school instead? Could that help them make a firmer post-graduation plan much earlier – one they could better plan for?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.