Open-Access Mission Being Threatened by Stagnant Economy

By Paul Bradley
Community College Week

It doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, and it doesn’t take a survey to affirm that the nation’s community colleges have been navigating stormy economic seas for the past year.

But the wave of economic trouble could swell in the next budget year, threatening not only to undermine President Obama’s goal of producing 5 million more college graduates by 2020, but also the colleges’ historic open access mission.

Those are among the conclusions arising from “Uncertain Recovery: Access and Funding Issues in Public Higher Education,” a report and survey released earlier this month by the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama… Read More

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