2-Year Colleges Getting Less Funding Than Needed
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

black kids studyingWonder why it’s taking so long for some of our young people to obtain associates degrees?

Blame it on the fact that our community colleges have received less and less government funding over the last decade, even though student bodies have become poorer and more heavily African-American and Latino, according to a new report released Thursday by the Century Foundation.

The report warns of a widening gap between four-year colleges with high graduation rates and community colleges with dismal graduation rates, the New York Times reports.

In 2009, community colleges spent $9,300 per student, the same amount as in 1999, when inflation is taken into account. By comparison, four-year institutions spent $16,700, up 11 percent from 1999, and private universities spent $41,000, an increase of 31 percent.

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Aaron Morrison

Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.

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