Heterodox Academy and the Community College System

Below is the published version of my Heterdox Academy blog. Since I have written it a little over a month ago, I have grown in my conviction that it is the community college that resembles the real face of a diverse country.

I encourage each of you to check out the Heterodox Academy website and let me know what you think of the organization in general. From where I sit, it seems to good to be true, though would love to hear your opinion!


Heterodox Academy and the Community College System



  1. Good afternoon, the article called, “Heterodox Academy and the Community College System” was whether fascinating. So much so that I could relate in some topics you pinpointed. Likewise, this is my Junior year of attending Crafton Hills, and one of the things I can say as a first-generation college student is the following.

    First and foremost, as a first-generation college student, I can safely say when looking at colleges and the programs that they offer, they tend to be quite crucial. I can’t speak for everyone, but when I first applied to a community college, I looked for colleges that offered the most programs. Also, I was looking for one where it can help me as a student to continue and to become a successful student. As the article mentioned, Crafton Hills offers services for students who are lacking food, and that’s one of the things that made this college unique. Emphasizing even the smallest problematic for a student, makes this school seem like they care for the minority. As a former president once said, “No Students Behind.” Not many CSU’s or UC’s schools offer these services for students or even students who have a learning disability.

    As I mentioned previously, I am a “first-gen” student, and I have a learning disability. Now that I am in my final year before getting my Associates Transfer Degree. I’ve been searching for CSU’s UC’s and even Private Universities for programs that assist in my learning disability. Unfortunately, however, the schools I’ve been looking into, have no such services. I’ve met with representatives of the schools I am into, but when I mention, “Do you guys offer programs like DSPS or learning disability services for students?” It is astonishing at the face of expression when being asked that question. They find it entirely unheard of when being asked. At times, when they answer the question, they direct me to another representative or mention that they have tutors. Now, being a first-hand learning disability student, tutors can only do so much to help you out with learning a concept. However, at Crafton, DSPS offers student tools like “The SmartPen,” or “Screen Readers” or even the ability to prolong the minutes to your test, all to make you a successful student.

    It is incredible what this school has compared to CSU’s, UC’s, or even Private Schools. Like I stated, in this article called, “Heterodox Academy and the Community College System” helps me realize what a good education we’re getting and how the school cares about the minority.

    Again, well-written article! However, the feedback I’d give would be to list more programs that help students to become successful. I do agree that providing food is excellent and providing services for our veterans is excellent. However, if you mention programs like DSPS, it would further support your point.

    I look forward to reading more of your articles! 🙂

  2. Just read the “Heterodox Academy and Community College System” article you wrote. I am grateful that there is a college that offers certification in a field that doesn’t take 4 years. At my age,47, going back to school for a better education and to get a career is awesome. I have defiantly had to have an open-mind when it comes to the different teaching styles that my instructors have in order to be successful in getting a good grade (or at least a passing one!). I have utilized some of the Help Programs our college offers and they have defiantly helped me. This particular class, Elements of Public Speaking has challenged me on a more personal level. One I’ve underestimated! But it truley has given me new ways to look at things and for that I’m grateful to my classmates and Instructor. Without an open-mind I’d be sunk! Looking forward to reading more of your Blog, I find them quite interesting. And have learned some new words along the way.

  3. This is a fascinating read and I already added the book The Privileged Poor to my Amazon cart. I have the unusual experience of attending a well-regarded 4-year university between the ages of 18-20 (in the UK) and now Crafton Hills at the age of 37. Crafton Hills is by far my favorite experience of the two. The close relationships that we are able to form with professors is, in my experience, one of the best features of a small community college over a large university. I’m not sure I even knew the names of my professors at the 4-year, and I never felt that they cared about my education, only the money I paid for it. These current relationships have given me more insight into my capabilities than anything else.

    On that note, I am one of the “hoop-jumper teacher-pleasers”, so I’m not sure if Deresiewicz’s point is that these people don’t end up in community colleges, but I find on the contrary, as one of those people, I do much better in the community college because I find more opportunity to discover extracurriculars or activities in which I don’t get lost in the crowd. If I want to stand out and excel, the community college actually gives more space for that to happen. This in turn gives me higher confidence in my ability to achieve, and I strive for better.

    I also find that the community college strives for original thought as it is keen to become well-regarded in the arena of community colleges. As a student who aims to feature in college publications, I am aware that community colleges are generally not extremely well represented, but I am always encouraged to become one of the few who will, in part because it reflects well on a community college that its students can ‘keep up’ with those at 4-year universities in original thought.

    The diversity of the community college also increases my level of original thought as I am forced to open my mind to viewpoints that have never been a part of my experience. As somebody who grew up quite privileged, my mind was never challenged in the 4-year university in the ways it is at Crafton Hills. I’m so grateful that I applied on a whim and discovered an environment that has opened and is opening my mind in so many new directions.

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