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Community colleges are in trouble. Their enrollment has fallen by 37 percent since 2010, and their completion rates are dismal — nearly half of students drop out within a year. Scant advising, labyrinthian financial aid and unclear career pathways are among the challenges facing the two-year schools and their students.

Seven newsrooms joined together to explore the crisis facing these institutions, and ways to solve it.