America's more than 1,200 community colleges enroll nearly seven million students—about 40 percent of all higher education enrollment in the country. Yet these institutions receive less than one-third the level of federal government educational support as do public four-year colleges. Brookings experts examine the role of community colleges in metropolitan areas and the national economy, their potential contribution to job training and education attainment, and how increased attention to community colleges can promote opportunity and prosperity.
Graduating students attend the 2007 Seaver College commencement at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California April 28, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES)
Three Reasons College Matters for Social Mobility
February 6, 2015, Joanna Venator and Richard V. Reeves
Joanna Venator and Richard Reeves explore income gaps in the college completion rate and their implications for intergenerational mobility.
U.S. Higher Education
Children and Families
Opinion | Fortune
January 20, 2015, Stuart M. Butler
May 22, 2014, Elisabeth Jacobs
October 21, 2013, Quentin Karpilow and Richard V. Reeves
June 7, 2013, Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, The Hamilton Project
May 7, 2013
Paper | The Hamilton Project
April 17, 2013, Louis Jacobson and Robert J. LaLonde
Testimony | D.C. Council Committee on Housing and Workforce Development
April 23, 2012, John W. Hill, Joshua M. Kern, Alice M. Rivlin, Walter Smith and Carrie L. Thornhill
Article | The Atlantic Cities
January 19, 2012, Bruce Katz and Judith Rodin
November 2011, Louis S. Jacobson , Robert J. LaLonde and Daniel G. Sullivan
November 2011, Harry J. Holzer
View All Research on Community Colleges ›Show 10 More
You have not selected any newsletters.
The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. For nearly 100 years, Brookings has analyzed current and emerging issues and produced new ideas that matter—for the nation and the world.
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20036
© 2015 The Brookings Institution