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ERIC Number: ED555623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
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Hilliard, Tom; Spaic, Tina
Center for an Urban Future
As New York State transitions from a manufacturing economy to a knowledge economy, few institutions are playing a more important role than the state's 35 community colleges. With more than 328,000 students enrolled statewide, community colleges are boosting New York's economic competitiveness by upgrading the skills of a large chunk of the state's workforce. They are enabling displaced workers to acquire skills in occupations that are growing, and helping businesses across the state meet their evolving workforce needs-from photonics in Rochester to nanotech in Albany. Perhaps most importantly, community colleges have become the state's key opportunity institutions. At a time when a high school diploma is no longer sufficient to obtain a decent paying job in most industries but the cost of getting a college education has skyrocketed, the state's community colleges offer the most accessible path for tens of thousands of low- and moderate- income New Yorkers to obtain a post-secondary credential. However, the state's community colleges have only just begun to deliver on their potential and face enormous challenges in the years ahead. Far too few students who enroll at community colleges in New York end up graduating or moving on to a four-year institution. Statewide, only 35 percent of full-time students who enroll in community college courses obtain an associate or bachelor's degree after six years. And in New York City, where a much higher percentage of students qualify as low-income, the six-year graduation rate is just 29 percent. While some schools do better than others at graduating students, every community college in the state has a six-year graduation rate below 50 percent. This report details the increasing importance of community colleges to New York State's economy and documents why raising graduation rates at the state's community colleges by even a small amount would result in significant benefits to the state's employers, young adults and the working poor. [This report was written with the assistance of David Shaffer.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Working Poor Families Project
Authoring Institution: Center for an Urban Future
Identifiers - Location: New York