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Typically, students do better when they're part of a learning community, but the benefits fade when the program ends, several studies have shown.
Still, many agree with Adney that the secret to success is for students to engage with classmates and instructors, putting the "community" back in community college.
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.