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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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30. Is Your Local Community College Any Good?

Prestige simply isn’t synonymous with good teaching. Some unknown community colleges offer more challenging educations than do certain well-regarded four-year universities.

—Paul Glastris, editor in chief of Washington Monthly

How do you know whether the community college you are thinking about attending is any good? For many students that might seem like an irrelevant question. They simply pick the closest campus.

Spending time evaluating different schools, however, can make a huge difference. Studies show that above average students can prosper just about anywhere, but students who need remedial help—and there are plenty in that category at community colleges—will face a much greater chance at ...

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