America’s Hidden Economic Engines

America’s Hidden Economic Engines How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared Prosperity

Edited by Robert B. Schwartz and Rachel Lipson, Foreword by Harry J. Holzer 
paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2023
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-816-6
Price: $36.00

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Five in-depth case studies reveal the innovative practices that position U.S. community colleges as pathways to quality employment. ​

In America’s Hidden Economic Engines, editors Robert B. Schwartz and Rachel Lipson spotlight community and technical colleges as institutions uniquely equipped to foster more equitable economic growth across America’s regions. As Schwartz and Lipson show, these colleges are the best-placed institutions to reverse the decades-long rise in US economic inequality by race, class, and geography. 

About the Author

Robert B. Schwartz is a professor emeritus of practice in educational policy and administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, senior advisor at the Harvard Project on Workforce, and cofounder of the Pathways to Prosperity Network. Rachel Lipson is the director of the Project on Workforce at Harvard University. Her research focuses on creating smoother connections between postsecondary education and good jobs.   


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