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The Hidden Costs of Community College

By Mark Schnelder and Lu Yin

Community colleges have multiple missions, and their performance ultimately needs to be evaluated on multiple metrics. However, one key mission of community colleges is the awarding of associate’s degrees and certificates to students who enroll with the intention of earning these credentials. Focusing on only first-time, full-time, degree- and certificate- seeking students in community colleges and using data from the U .S. Department of Education, this report shows that community colleges are generating costs to the taxpayer that are usually not part of the discussion of their role in America’s system of higher education

Continued at: http://www.air.org/files/AIR_Hidden_Costs_of_Community_Colleges_Oct2011.pdf

For additional information see: http://www.collegemeasures.org

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