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November 09, 2009 11:23 AM In Difficult Times, Community College Makes Sense

By Jesse Singal

The Boston Globe brings us a story from Massachusetts that is surely also taking place nationwide:

Across Massachusetts, students are flocking to two-year public colleges, which have become refuges in the recession. The schools have open enrollment for most programs, and tuitions markedly cheaper than four-year private or public institutions. Students who earn an associate’s degree at a two-year college can usually transfer the credits to four-year schools.
The colleges also offer a range of vocational programs, which attract older students who may be unemployed or worried about losing their jobs.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, enrollment has risen almost 11 percent this year in the state’s community college system.

I’ve said this before, but one of the silver linings of the recession could be that community colleges begin taking a more prominent role in our higher education discourse.

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.