college tuition and fees are rising faster than many citizens'
ability to access them. If those in need cannot obtain higher
education services from them, they no longer fulfill their missions.
"Community" colleges cease to exist! America's
prosperity depends upon community college's open access and
affordable education and career training.
economists and historians credit the GI Education Bill of 1944 as one
of the leading causes of the great prosperity achieved since World
War II. It is easy to see why they came to this conclusion;
millions of GIs went on to become college graduates. (The average WW2
GI's education was one year of high school!) These GI graduates
then became the entrepreneurs and leaders who made our continuing
The presidents of two of the
country's greatest universities both wrote letters to President
Roosevelt opposing the GI Education bill. They stated that
opening up higher education to veterans (a poor uneducated group)
would be a disaster for the United States and its universities.
What the university presidents did not see, was what individuals can
accomplish when given the chance. They also did not envision
the tremendous return on investment higher education provides to both
the individuals and to the nation.
have been and are continuing to support this affordable open access
higher education and our prosperity. "Open access"
and "affordable" however are being threatened, placing
community colleges and our future prosperity in jeopardy.
as the GI Education Bill provided a tremendous return on investment,
community colleges have and continue to do so. Community colleges are
in the business of teaching. They are not in the research
business. They have generated little or no information on their
economic impact. Hence, their heavy economic impact and
their gigantic return on investment are not well known.
The present value of the cumulative return on local taxes invested in
community colleges is in the thousands of percents! That
is correct. You put in $1.00 in local tax and the community receives
back the $1.00 and almost $20.00 in community earnings!
Illinois data, one dollar of state funding of its community colleges
results in the state receiving more than a dollar in increased tax
revenue and saves Illinois over a dollar of state social welfare expenses.
This allows the state to fund other programs. This leads us to the
conclusion; "Community colleges are not a state budget
problem, they are a state budget solution." A link to a white
paper detailing the very large returns community colleges provide to the state of Illinois is included in our
interesting links section.
of existing community college missions has already priced out many
Americans. The move to expand community college into four year
institutions without commensurate funding will further reduce their
availability. We hope this site will help to save them, to save
community colleges as we know them.
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