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The Future of Community Colleges


Accordinding to The College Board, 71 percent of graduates from four-year colleges carried debt, with students at public schools owing an average of $25,550 and those with degrees from private colleges owing an average of $32,300.

So what’s the solution? Consider the relatively low cost of a community college education - Average annual tuition and fees for students attending public, two-year colleges in their communities were just $3,260 in 2013-2014.

With so many people priced out of higher education – what’s the future of colleges – and where do community colleges fit into this changing landscape?

Guests on this episode include:

Richard VedderDistinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus, Ohio University

Kyle Spencerjournalist and New York Times contributor, author of "Middle Class Families Increasingly Look to Community Colleges" 

Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, President of the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland and current American Association of Community Colleges Board Chair

Wes Moore is a decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate and CEO of BridgeEdU, a national initiative focusing on addressing the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the Freshman Year of college. He is also the author of two instant New York Times bestselling books, The Other Wes Moore and The Work.