Date of Award
Master of Arts
Mack C. Shelley
America’s community colleges have recently been thrust into the national spotlight as people look to retrain or find economic alternatives to higher education. This substantial increase in accountability is met with the constraints of financial resources and other limiting factors structured into community college systems. In this paper I examine community college return on investment by states, which govern the responsibility of educating America’s workforce through their diverse community college systems. To improve America’s postsecondary education competency is to optimize collective action of U.S. state community college systems. While colleges and universities contribute to national education goals, research shows that community colleges have and will do much of that work. Return on investment is one key metric that policymakers, by state, can use to deal with and advance community colleges’ heightened call to action.
Neary, Christopher, "Comparative state community college return on investment: state funding, local funding, tuition and graduation rates for community colleges" (2015). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 14592.