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Discounted Dreams DVD coverIn an economic climate wherein more and more students are seeking affordable alternatives in continuing education, community colleges are feeling the strain.  Discounted Dreams: High Hopes and Harsh Realities at America’s Community Colleges, a 2007 production distributed by PBS Home Video, examines the opportunities and frustrations of the fastest growing segment of American higher education.  Inadequate funding drives these institutions to focus more on building new enrollment than ensuring program completion.  As a result, though community colleges boast more than fifty percent of all undergraduates, they fail to graduate even half of those students.  Following the stories of representative students, Discounted Dreams illustrates both the benefits and the burdens of community college programs.  Even while celebrating the successes, this documentary provides a bracing wake-up call to all who value the right to an education.