President Obama’s fourth State of the Union provides just one example of the focus on community colleges that has been central to his Administration’s approach to education. Among other things, the Department of Education has established the Committee on Measures of Student Success “in order to advise the Secretary of Education in assisting two-year degree-granting institutions of higher education.” Among the committee’s recent recommendations to Secre- tary Arne Duncan was “a coordinated, public, and privacy-protected student unit record system.”
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