2017, Jersey City, NJ – A recently published study, “The Equality of
Opportunity Project,” which tracked students from nearly every college in the
country and measured their earnings years after they left campus, shows that
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is one of the top socially mobile
colleges in the country.
utilized publicly available data from the federal government – 30 million
students’ anonymous financial-aid records and tax filings from the period of
1999 to 2013 – to determine if colleges are fostering access and equality. The
study reveals that HCCC works as an engine of social mobility, helping working
class students achieve the American dream of a middle class lifestyle. For
example, the study shows that while 36.3% of students from HCCC come from the
lowest fifth of the economic spectrum, 11% of those students actually end up in
the top fifth of the economic spectrum. Furthermore,
a very large percentage of those students achieve incomes that place them in
the top three-fifths of the economic distribution.
results of this study prove we are fulfilling our mission of providing
high-quality educational opportunities that promote student success and are
accessible, comprehensive and learning centered,” said Glen Gabert, Ph.D.,
Hudson County Community College’s President. “We are proud that we successfully
afford lower-income students the opportunity to move up the ladder into middle
class and higher.”
said the study proves the importance of affording lower-income students
opportunities for attaining a higher education, especially in light of the fact
that funding for public colleges has declined on a regular basis. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
reported that state funding for higher education is down 18% per student
(adjusted for inflation).
study’s top 10 rankings for New Jersey are: (1) New Jersey Institute of
Technology, (2) Bloomfield College, (3) Saint Peter’s University, (4) New
Jersey City University, (5) Stevens Institute of Technology, (6) Thomas A.
Edison State College, (7) Berkeley College of Woodland park, (8) Hudson County
Community College, (9) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and (10)
Kean University. Of these, Hudson County
Community College has dual-admission and/or transfer articulation agreements
with seven of the schools in this group, thereby providing even greater
opportunities for upward mobility for students.