Community colleges are fundamentally egalitarian institutions. They admit all people who wish to further their education, regardless of educational background—and they represent the most affordable route to attaining a postsecondary credential. Two-year public colleges are important not just because they educate nearly half of America's college students, but because they have long been a critical entry point to higher education for low-income, immigrant, first-generation, and racial/ethnic minority students.
For 20 years, CCRC has conducted research on community colleges, and our researchers have worked with colleges and states to improve student success and institutional performance. Implicit in that work has been the belief that all students should have access to high-quality higher education, regardless of race/ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or disability. In the current political climate, we feel it time to publicly affirm that belief.
CCRC stands by the ideal that public colleges should serve everyone who lives in the United States, and that institutions cannot fulfill their missions unless all of their students, staff, and faculty are supported, safe, and respected.
We are committed to conducting rigorous research that identifies programs and policies that benefit students, and that investigates obstacles to student success and ways to reduce those obstacles. We will continue to examine the extent to which practices, policies, and reforms promote student success and further the goals of educational equity and social mobility. And we will do this work with an awareness that higher education operates in a larger context, and that a wide array of policy topics—including immigration policy, economic policy, and social welfare policy—have an impact on community colleges and the students they serve.
Education is a powerful pathway to opportunity. CCRC is proud to support the work that community colleges do to ensure that students from every part of society have access to a high-quality postsecondary education.