From The Chronicle:

New U.S. Census data show that the number of young adults attending college hit an all-time high in October 2008, driven by growth in attendance at community colleges, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center released [yesterday]. The findings bolster the notion that more Americans, including young adults, are turning to two-year colleges in the down economy. About 11.5 million 18- to 24-year-olds, or 39.6 percent of that population, were enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution last October, up from 38.8 percent that same month in 2007.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.