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ERIC Number: EJ846795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-15
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
America Must Put Community Colleges First
Rab, Sara Goldrick
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n36 pA99 May 2009
President Obama has embraced an audacious ambition--to renew America's status as the world leader in college attainment. That goal is daunting, and it leads many people to conclude that they should focus federal investments on four-year colleges. If individuals want to realize the president's goal, that would be a terrible mistake. Located in neighborhoods across the nation, charging lower-than-average tuition, public two-year colleges have the potential to lead the charge to significantly increase the number of Americans holding college degrees. But to succeed, they need a renewed government commitment to their support and leadership. In a paper published by the Brookings Institution, Douglas N. Harris, an assistant professor of educational-policy studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; Christopher Mazzeo, associate director of policy and research at the University of Chicago's Consortium on Chicago School Research; Gregory Kienzl, director of research and evaluation at the Institute for Higher Education Policy; and the author call on the Obama administration to consider four key federal reforms: (1) Development of national goals and a performance-measurement system; (2) Expanded federal support; (3) Innovation to enhance educational quality; and (4) Accountability through student data systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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