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Community Colleges represent the fastest growing segment of American higher education; their open admissions, low tuition and flexible scheduling draw students from all walks of life. They are the gateway to the American dream for millions. Vital yet flawed. Huge but virtually invisible. Government generally spends five times as much on prison inmates as it does on community colleges. Resolving these issues is essential for the American future.

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  • Actors: John Merrow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R9U342
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on June 28, 2008
According to this documentary, half of all college students attend community colleges. States spend much more on advanced degrees and elementary education than they do at community colleges. These colleges educate many populations whose numbers are sharply increasing in this country. Still, they have many struggles which go unappreciated or underappreciated. If you watch this work alongside "Declining by Degrees," you may be horrified to see how these community college students are bearing all kinds of crosses, yet some students at universities just hop from one fraternity party to another and have doors opened to them that will make them comfortable or rich forever.

This work is diverse in terms of the obvious markers like race and gender. However, it is diverse regarding geography (CA, IL, and NY) as well. The interviewees include community college students, faculty working in those schools, and education professors at 4-year universities. The work is honest in saying that though numerous students enter these schools, many also drop out. They show both success and failure stories here.

This work somewhat chides community colleges for offering tango classes, self-defense classes, and other 6-week or 10-week programs. However, those self-improvement courses really help local adults who may already have degrees. Knowing that you can pick up a skill or some knowledge from the school down the block is beneficial to some. I do wonder how on-line colleges are affecting community colleges. If a smart adult attends community colleges at night because they work in the daytime, will they still go if they can study something online at their own convenience?
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By Daphne Young on April 5, 2013
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A true glimpse of what is going on in Community Colleges--for teachers and students. The film makes the viewer rethink the purpose of education.
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