A number of factors are converging to make student success more important than ever:
- National shift toward a skilled labor force
- National need for more college graduates
- Record numbers of students enrolling in higher education
- The demand to earn higher wages
- About 6.7 million students - nearly half of all undergraduates in the U.S. - are being educated at 1,200 community colleges.
- Fewer than 46% of students who enter community college with the goal of earning a degree or certificate have met their goal six years later.
- Today, 42% of whites ages 25-64 have an associate's degree or higher, compared with 26% of African-Americans and 18% of Hispanics.
- Percentage of young-adult (ages 25-34) degree attainment:
|Economic growth that results from increasing a country's average level of schooling by one year|
|Every taxpayer dollar invested in community colleges yields $3 in taxes from economic growth|
|The difference in earnings of people who hold associate's degrees as compared with those who hold only high school diplomas|
|Jobs that are held by workers with at least some postsecondary education or training|