TOP STORY: Are we seeing the rise of community colleges?


Posted by Mark Davis on 22 October 2017

Community colleges have been the butt of jokes for decades, especially when compared to bigger, four-year universities. They've even got their own sitcom.  But it may be time to start showing community colleges a little more respect.

@JonMarcusBoston wrote a story for PBS Newshour this week, where he made a pretty compelling case for changing how we think about community colleges:

One reason for this may be that nearly 30 percent of graduates of community colleges make more money than their counterparts with bachelor’s degrees. And while that advantage narrows by mid career, it’s also true that the community college graduates who benefit from it pay much less on average for their educations — $3,264 per year for tuition and fees, according to the College Board, compared to $8,893 per year at public and $30,094 per year at private four-year colleges and universities. 

If you're on your way to college, then you should definitely read the full article on PBS Newshour.

And let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below. Is it time to change the way we think about community colleges?