White House Summit Fixes Spotlight On Two-Year Schools

(This article also appeared in the Oct. 18, 2010 issue of Community College Week)

By Paul Bradley
Community College Week

For the nation’s community colleges, the White House Summit on Community Colleges was their long-awaited day in the spotlight.

Often neglected, frequently overlooked and sometimes even ridiculed, two-year colleges were explicitly recognized at the highest levels of government as a linchpin of American prosperity as the country staves off an ever-expanding roster of economic competitors.

“This is an historic and exciting opportunity for all of us in the community college world,” said Jill Biden, wife of the vice-president, a longtime community college professor and organizer of the summit. “For years I have said that community colleges are one of America’s best-kept secrets.Well, with the President of the United States shining a light on us, I think that secret is out.”  Read more


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