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Your Call: Will free community college mean less inequality?



On the January 20th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about President Obama’s plan to make the first two years of community college free for anyone who is willing to work for it. To what extent does a community college education increase economic opportunity?  What kind of jobs are available for people with two-year degrees?  And what is the mission of community colleges today? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.


Sandy Baum, senior fellow at the Urban Institute and a research professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Thomas Bailey, George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College at Columbia University

Timothy Killikelly, professor of Political Science at City College of San Francisco and President of AFT Local 2121

Web Resources:

The Atlantic: Where Obama's Community-College Plan Falls Short

Community College Research Center

Aljazeera: Obama calls for 'free and universal' community college

LA Times: Obama's free education proposal: Why stop at community colleges?