The problems facing community colleges — in seven graphs

A new report on the state of America’s community colleges says that while these institutions are “expected to shoulder the bulk of the challenge” of lifting America’s postsecondary graduation rates, many are not equipped to do the job.

The report, called “Bridging the Higher Education Divide” by the nonprofit Century Foundation,  says that community colleges today serve 11 million students —  which is 44 percent of the country’s college population — and do a great job serving disadvantaged populations, but they are dramatically underfunded.

The narrative arc of the report, which you can read here, can be seen in its graphics and informational boxes. Here they are: