Regional Public Colleges Are Affordable—But Is That Enough to Draw Students?
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Lee Gardner, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Regional public colleges are the backbone of American higher education and, somehow, also one of its best-kept secrets. Every year, they educate nearly 5 million students, including almost half of all bachelor’s-degree-seeking students at four-year institutions and nearly half of all Black and Latino students.
With their relatively low price, a focus on teaching, and strong connection to career majors, regional public colleges should be thriving. But in many places, that’s not the case.