Students shopping for a four-year college or university can find a wealth of reviews and ratings comparing them on anything from SAT scores and acceptance rates to dorm food and party scenes. Finding such data on community colleges is hard, even though they serve far more students. The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office is about to release some new reports that should make comparison shopping a bit easier, at least when it comes to academic and career achievement.
Within a month, the office will issue a report comparing the median income of students before and after they got an associate degree or certificate from each of the state's 112 campuses. It will show their income two years before they started school, compared with two years and five years after they got their degree or certificate. It will show median wages of graduates by program and school.