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.
April 16, 2014U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden (L) tour the Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center with students in the Mechatronics program in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing
Twelve Ways to Fix the Youth Unemployment Crisis
May 22, 2014, Elisabeth Jacobs
Young Americans are enduring staggeringly high rates of joblessness, writes Elisabeth Jacobs. About 14.5 percent of 16 to 24 year olds are unemployed. The current crisis demands a set of solutions aimed specifically at helping young workers.
U.S. Higher Education
Children and Families
October 21, 2013, Quentin Karpilow and Richard V. Reeves
June 7, 2013, Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, The Hamilton Project
June 29, 2011, Martin Neil Baily
Blog Post | The Avenue, The New Republic
March 23, 2010, Alan Berube
Opinion | The Huffington Post
February 1, 2010, Darrell M. West
May 15, 2009, Alan Berube
Expert Q & A
May 1, 2009, Alan Berube
February 27, 2009, Alan Berube
February 3, 2009, Alan Berube and Sara Goldrick-Rab
Opinion | The Washington Post
July 6, 2008, Alice M. Rivlin and Walter Smith
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