Many times, pundits and politicians betray a complete lack of understanding of community colleges when writing about educational policy. Why is this important? Because there are well over 1,000 two-year accredited colleges in the U.S. and 44% of all undergraduates are in a community college!
Here are a great couple of articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Rob Jenkins at Georgia Perimeter College on "The Good that Community Colleges Do":
Highly recommended reading.