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September/ October 2013 America’s Best Community Colleges 2013

By Kevin Carey

Similarly, states have developed government information systems to the point where it’s a simple matter to track students who transfer from community colleges into four-year universities and see if they ultimately succeed there. A bipartisan bill recently sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio would help coordinate these state data systems to provide a fuller picture of what happens to students as they move among institutions.

In combination, this information could provide a full picture of community college success and thus a rational basis for dramatically increasing the national investment in community colleges along with our expectations for their success. America has yet to fully act on the Truman Commission’s prescience. Now we finally have the tools to do so.

Kevin Carey directs the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation.

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