Women in Community Colleges Executive Summary

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Currently, more than 4 million women attend the nation’s two-year public colleges to pursue higher education and prepare for the workforce. This executive summary of the Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success report briefly discusses policies and practices to help women succeed in community colleges. Child care is a vital resource for student mothers working to complete their educational goals. Women also need more support for pursuing opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math and other male-dominated fields. The executive summary concludes with recommendations for how to address the barriers women in community colleges face.

With increased attention and improved outreach to women students, the nation’s community colleges can build on their legacy of providing educational opportunity to all. The issues this report addresses are of particular concern to women at community colleges, but improving outcomes for women will benefit everyone.

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