Group: Without Middle Class, Community Colleges Will Be 'Separate and Unequal'

Educating just the 'have-nots' will help widen the higher education divide, experts say.

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College bargain hunters won't be enough to close higher education's class divide, the Century Foundation's Kahlenberg says. The rise in middle class, community college students has been dwarfed by a surge of low income students in two-year schools. 

Community colleges remain the low status, discount option in U.S. higher education. 

Joanne Jacobs writes Community College Spotlight for The Hechinger Report, an independent nonprofit education news site. Jacobs also blogs about K-12 education and is the author of Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea and the Charter School That Beat the Odds.