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Community college is a good investment for the state – and students, according to a new report.
Data still valuable
Even the AACC admits that the study did provide some important insights and raise questions that need to be pursued. In general, the researchers found that the more money states put into a community college education and the lower the faculty-to-student ratio, the more graduates tend to earn.
The report also gives states very specific information on what happens to graduates at each college because in addition to providing data for each state, it breaks down earnings by campus.
Top five California community colleges whose graduates with associate’s degrees provide the highest rate of return after 40 years in the workforce. Source: American Institutes for Research and Nexus Research
Of California’s 112 community colleges, 44 are in the “top tier” in terms of giving graduates the highest financial return, according to the study. Foothill College, in Silicon Valley, leads the pack, with its students earning $745,334 more during their careers than high school graduates. Three other colleges are in the $700,000 and above club: Ohlone Community College in Fremont, Golden West College in Huntington Beach and Evergreen Valley College in San Jose.
Having this level of information allows all the colleges to look at what’s going on in the places that do well.