New article on Slate.com about Obama's new plan to inject $12 Billion into the US Community College system.Why Barack Obama thinks community colleges are the key to fixing higher education. - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine
"The plan is designed to correct decades of federal neglect. 'Too often, community colleges are treated like an afterthoughtif they're thought of at all,' Obama said in his speech. Right now, somewhere between one-third and one-half of American undergrads are at community colleges, depending how you count. Yet community colleges receive only 20 percent of federal funding. 'We've been so focused on the quality and reputation of our lead institutions' at the expense of community colleges, says Thomas Bailey of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University."