See Your State’s Report Card on Community Colleges

August 21, 2014

Each fall millions of college students head to campuses across the country. More than a third of those students — and most women students, Latino and African American students, and parent students with young children — go to the nation’s community colleges.

The AAUW report Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success is an overview of community college students today with a focus on women, who make up the majority of students at these institutions. The report examines two issues: the limited availability of on-campus child care and the underrepresentation of women in the high-demand, traditionally male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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While the report offers data and perspective at the national level of how community colleges are working well — and where they’re falling short — the numbers at the state level tell their own stories. Below is a snapshot of community colleges in each U.S. state, along with Guam and Puerto Rico. Each state profile includes data on community college enrollment by gender, race, and, age; the availability of on-campus child care; and most common degrees earned in STEM fields.

Here are four ways you can use this information to engage with and advocate for community colleges and their students in your state.

  • Speak up for community colleges. Use the data below to write an op-ed or letter to the editor about issues affecting community colleges in your state and community.
  • Host an event. Invite faculty and staff from your local community college to a meeting and give a presentation integrating your state’s data with the report’s PowerPoint presentation. Make copies of your state profile to hand out to attendees or at tabling events.
  • Recruit your local community college as a college/university member. Armed with your state’s data and the report’s executive summary, visit local community colleges and ask them to join AAUW as a college/university member. (Need help getting started? Read our resource on recruiting schools.)
  • Advocate for funding. The report demonstrates the need for better access to child care for student parents. Congress should increase funding for the main federal source for on-campus child care funding: the Campus Child Care Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program. Contact your representatives to tell them about this program and how it can help student parents. Be sure to share your state’s data on the number of community college students, student parents, and schools offering on-campus child care.

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Katie Benson By:   |   August 21, 2014