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Community College Association Responds to Dr. Biden's Decision to Teach in D.C. Area:
Long-time educator seen as inspiration for community college faculty
Washington, D.C. – Responding to today’' announcement by Dr. Jill Biden, long-time educator and wife of Vice President Joseph Biden, that she plans to continue her teaching career at a community college serving the Washington, D.C., area, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) issued the following statement:
"We appreciate Dr. Biden's commitment to community colleges and our students. She is representative of the passion, dedication and caring that are displayed by community college educators across the nation. Her long experience will clearly benefit the students at Northern Virginia Community College, but it will also re-inspire faculty and staff at other community colleges who face significant challenges every day in serving almost half of all U.S. undergraduates."
Dr. George R. Boggs, President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges
Dr. Biden will work as an adjunct professor, teaching two English courses at Northern Virginia Community College, a six-campus college enrolling 65,000 students and serving the Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia areas.
Community College Facts:
Community colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of higher education, comprising close to 1,200 colleges serving 12 million students (6.5 million credit; estimated 5 million non-credit) each year.
Nationwide, community colleges are experiencing further and dramatic increases in enrollments, fueled in part by the economic downturn and the rising cost of tuition at 4-year institutions. Average annual tuition at public community colleges is $2,361; average at 4-year public institutions is $6,185.
Other key facts about community college students and faculty:
- All U.S. undergraduates enrolled: 46%
- First-generation in family to attend college: 39%
- Native American: 55%; Black: 55%; Hispanic: 55%
- First responders (firefighters, law enforcement, EMTs) credentialed: 80%
- New nurses prepared: 59%; other health care professionals educated: 62%
- Total number of faculty (public and private): 143,269 full time; 267,460 part time