Cassius O. Johnson is the former International President of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which recognizes and encourages scholarship and leadership among two-year college students, and a current Trustee of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. Here he shares his views on the role of community colleges in providing post-secondary education for all students, citing "Bridging the Higher Education Divide," a report from The Century Foundation released on May 23, 2013. The report looks at the growing racial and socioeconomic stratification in the community college system and offers suggestions for improving educational outcomes. Michele Cahill, Carnegie Corporation Vice President, National Program, and Program Director, Urban Education, served on the Task Force responsible for the report.
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