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To boost clout, enroll middle-class students

Community colleges “remain the stepchildren of higher education, and lawmakers continue to shortchange them,” despite their vital role in providing “postsecondary education to low-income and minority students who might not otherwise obtain it,” writes columnist Bill Maxwell. To boost political clout and funding, community colleges should cast a wider net, recruiting more affluent students, he writes.

The economic, social and racial divide is growing, argues a Century Foundation task force. Rising college costs are pushing more middle-class students to start at community colleges, but the number of low-income students is growing even faster.

In a U.S. News story, I look at the pros and cons of recruiting affluent students to avoid “separate and unequal” status.