New study on community colleges and economic mobility

Posted by guest blogger Matthew Rosin, senior research associate, EdSource (Mountain View, CA).

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Economic Mobility Project has released a new study, Strengthening Community Colleges’ Influence on Economic Mobility, based on analysis of attainment and earnings among students in Florida and including recommendations about career counseling. Among the study’s more interesting findings, the authors report that “lower-performing high school students who concentrate in high-return fields in community college”–among which the authors include computer science and engineering–“earn $48,000 annually, $4,000 more than A/B+ high school students who concentrate in low-return fields.” InsideHigherEd describes some of the early discussion that has emerged in response to the study.

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