Geospatial Impediments to Community College Access

There are burgeoning opportunities for graduates of community colleges across the country, particularly in the southeastern US where both unemployment and job growth are high. In this study, Wallington maps locations of community colleges on top of the socioeconomic contexts of the region demonstrates that community colleges are not always located in the areas of highest need. This research informs community college policies to offer more distance-learning opportunities, along with supportive retention programs, in order to reach the individuals who would benefit most from earning an associate’s degree.

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