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As higher ed eyes adult learners, community colleges add supports

March 21, 2019

Community colleges have historically been viewed as second fiddle to four-year institutions. But in recent years they have been pulled into the spotlight for being particularly well-positioned to meet growing demand among previously underserved markets of postsecondary students, namely adult learners.

That attention has led educators and policymakers to see enrollees in the nation’s some 1,103 community colleges — about half the students in higher ed today — as being in need of more customized instruction, better support systems and clearer pathways to a workforce that is clamoring for them.

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