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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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29. Why Community Colleges Are Popular

The first concern of the research university is, unsurprisingly, research. Community colleges, by contrast are far more focused on teaching, and some are doing it better than even the most esteemed four-year institutions.

—Kevin Carey, research and policy manager at Education Sector, an education think tank

While the Ivy League and other elite schools fuel much of the angst that envelops the college admission process, these elitist campuses welcome only an infinitesimal fraction of college freshmen.

By far, the largest number of kids head off to community colleges. In fact, that’s where 45% of all freshmen end up. With roughly 1,200 community colleges in existence, campuses are located within commuting ...

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