Early college needs to be free

High school students will be guaranteed no-cost access to “early college” classes under the Pathways to College program, which is part of the Harkin-Enzi bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  While some Asian-American students have very high college enrollment and graduation rates, other subgroups, such as Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders, are struggling and should be included in the college completion agenda, a new report argues.

Not all Asians complete college

Not all Asian-American students go to Harvard, Stanford, MIT and Cal Tech, a new advocacy group stresses. College-going and graduation rates are very high for East Asian and South Asian students, much lower for Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Also on Community College Spotlight: A new commission will examine the future of community colleges in the 21st century. So far, it’s not going well: More people are seeking education and job training at community colleges, but states can’t afford to maintain funding.