Community college students earned 127 percent more certificates and degrees from 1989 to 2010, while enrollment grew by 65 percent, according to a report by the American Association of Community Colleges. In addition, transfer rates to four-year institutions increased by 11 percent.
Minority students did especially well. Hispanic enrollment grew by 226 percent, but credentials increased by 440 percent.
Despite the narrowing graduation gap, blacks and Hispanics graduate at about half the rate of white students.