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Live at Urban: Community Colleges since the Great Recession

UrbanLogoOn Tuesday, December 6, from 9:30-11 am, Trachtenberg School students are invited to join “Live at Urban: Community Colleges since the Great Recession,” at the Urban Institute, 5th Floor at 2100 M Street NW. The event is free and breakfast will be served, but a registration is requested.

Community colleges, which enroll more than 40 percent of postsecondary students, continue to gain prominence in discussions of public policies for higher education and job training. In 2010, the federal government invested $2 billion in nearly two-thirds of the nation’s community colleges to build capacity and spur innovation in job training. Proposals for free tuition at community colleges have gained national attention. A significant share of the Pell grant expansion has benefited community college students.

Community colleges serve large numbers of academically underprepared students with fewer resources than any other sector of higher education. This has exacerbated their challenges in increasing completion rates and meeting industry needs.

This panel will focus on the emerging issues facing community colleges since the Great Recession. The discussion will highlight variation among institutions and differences across state systems, along with tested policy and institutional solutions that bolster student success and economic development. Panelists will discuss findings from two new Urban Institute briefs.

 

SPEAKERS

  • David Baime, senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis, American Association of Community Colleges
  • Sandy Baum, senior fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Lauren Eyster, senior research associate, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Dan Phelan, president, Jackson College
  • David Wessel, director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy; senior fellow in Economic Studies, Brookings Institution (moderator)

Breakfast will be available at 9:00 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.
For inquiries regarding this event, please contact events@urban.org.

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