Each fall millions of college students head to campuses across the country. More than a third of those students — and most women students, Latino and African American students, and parent students with young children — go to the nation’s community colleges.
The AAUW report Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success is an overview of community college students today with a focus on women, who make up the majority of students at these institutions. The report examines two issues: the limited availability of on-campus child care and the underrepresentation of women in the high-demand, traditionally male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
While the report offers data and perspective at the national level of how community colleges are working well — and where they’re falling short — the numbers at the state level tell their own stories. Below is a snapshot of community colleges in each U.S. state, along with Guam and Puerto Rico. Each state profile includes data on community college enrollment by gender, race, and, age; the availability of on-campus child care; and most common degrees earned in STEM fields.