Community colleges are vital to the states and the nation. The importance of community colleges as providers of postsecondary education and training is well documented. Fulfilling both economic and social roles, these institutions have successfully created new markets and empowered new populations through educational opportunity.
In establishing a Commission on Community Colleges, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) recognized and celebrated the increasingly evolving and critical role these postsecondary institutions have in every state. SREB believes this is an opportune time to foster a robust discussion among its member states on the role of these institutions across the SREB region and their potential over the next decade. Much has been asked of community colleges — and even more will be required from them in the future.