Education: Back to First Principles

The Ford Foundation boosts academics at community colleges

Twenty years ago, the main goal of two-year community colleges was preparing students for eventual transfer to four-year state universities. They could get a start on higher education at bargain prices while living at home. Since then, the number of these schools just across the street or down the highway has nearly doubled, to 1,219; this fall some 5 million students, fully 60% of the nation's college freshmen and sophomores, are earning their credits on these campuses. But in the midst of expansion, the community, or junior, colleges strayed from their original academic purpose....

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