It’s time to celebrate high-quality community colleges

Posted: July 24, 2019 at 3:33 pm

A co-written column with AT&T Tennessee President Joelle Phillips in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, July 23, 2019

For over a third of American undergraduate students, pursuit of a college education begins at community college.

These students are more likely than other undergraduates to come from lower-income families, to be people of color, and to work or raise children while in school. Many are the first in their families to attend college. They have enrolled because the practical and economic realities of their lives have shown them that they need a higher education to get ahead, to fulfill their potential and ambitions. And a community college is often the best available option.

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