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Community colleges of the City University of New York have a low average graduation rate: only 23 percent of students earn an associate’s degree within 4 years. This is not uncommon for students who must juggle work, school and family responsibilities, or who don’t have the skillset to succeed in a college environment.

The problem is that the students stereotyped as least likely to graduate — like formerly incarcerated women — are usually those whose lives would be most changed by higher education.