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CCRC's Tom Bailey Quoted in Time and Bloomberg Stories About Community Colleges

Thomas Bailey, the George and Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education, is quoted in a Time Magazine story about President Obama's push to support community colleges as a tool in the campaign for economic recovery. "If you're going to increase the population that has some college, it isn't going to be among upper-middle-class white people," says Bailey, director of the Community College Research Center. "Community colleges will have to play a central role." The CCRC is also featured in a Bloomberg News story about its $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study ways to boost graduation rates at community colleges.
Thomas Bailey, the George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education, is quoted in a Time Magazine story about President Obama’s push to support community colleges as a tool in the campaign for economic recovery. "If you're going to increase the population that has some college, it isn't going to be among upper-middle-class white people," says Bailey, director of the Community College Research Center. "Community colleges will have to play a central role."  The CCRC is also featured in a Bloomberg News story about its $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study ways to boost graduation rates at community colleges.

For the full Time.com story, go to http://bit.ly/43KPKt, Two-year colleges play an important role in workforce training and readiness, and they have grown significantly, now enrolling nearly half of all college students in the nation. And yet, the Time story reports, less than a third of community college students finish their degree in six years, compared with 58 percent of students at four-year schools. To try to figure out why, the Gates Foundation awarded Bailey’s center $5 million to study obstacles to graduation at community colleges. For the Bloomberg story on the Gates grant, go to http://bit.ly/XGs41

Published Wednesday, Jul. 15, 2009

CCRC's Tom Bailey Quoted in Time and Bloomberg Stories About Community Colleges

Thomas Bailey, the George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education, is quoted in a Time Magazine story about President Obama’s push to support community colleges as a tool in the campaign for economic recovery. "If you're going to increase the population that has some college, it isn't going to be among upper-middle-class white people," says Bailey, director of the Community College Research Center. "Community colleges will have to play a central role."  The CCRC is also featured in a Bloomberg News story about its $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study ways to boost graduation rates at community colleges.

For the full Time.com story, go to http://bit.ly/43KPKt, Two-year colleges play an important role in workforce training and readiness, and they have grown significantly, now enrolling nearly half of all college students in the nation. And yet, the Time story reports, less than a third of community college students finish their degree in six years, compared with 58 percent of students at four-year schools. To try to figure out why, the Gates Foundation awarded Bailey’s center $5 million to study obstacles to graduation at community colleges. For the Bloomberg story on the Gates grant, go to http://bit.ly/XGs41

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