I have to admit, I was one of those "university snobs". I got a bachelors in computer science almost 20 yrs ago from a big 10 university. Now I am back in school, at the local community college, and find that the classes are every bit as challenging as the university ones. Of course, it does depend on the instructor, but I believe absolutely the content is the same.
That being said, either I have gotten a little smarter, or it is a bit easier to get A's this time around. For one thing, the grades are on a 10 point scale. I very much remember being graded on a 7 point scale back in the '80s. I don't know if this grading system is standardized, but I have taken classes at two different CCs and at both places, 90% and up is an A. Also, at the university, most grades were based on a midterm, a final, and maybe a project or a term paper or a lab grade. Now, it seems that there are a lot more tests and quizzes given to boost the chance of a good grade. Again, I don't know if this more of a new type of thing, but it does help if you blow one test, you have a good chance of still getting a good grade.
One of the biggest differences for me, though, is the personal connection with the professors. In every class, my professor has learned my name within a few weeks. In the science classes, it is the professor that stays in the lab with you, (not some graduate student or teaching assistant). The instructors are very accessible and seem very committed to get everyone to pass the class, and they seem to enjoy giving out good grades rather than "weeding people out".
Every professor I have had to this point has taught at a big university, but chose to go back to the CC because they actually enjoy teaching and interacting with the students! There isn't all that much interaction when you are lecturing to 500 students in an auditorium and then pass on all of the lab instruction and tutoring to your assistants. OVerall, I am very impressed with the professors I have gotten to know at this community college.
I guess I am a bit sensitive about this issue... I don't tell people my grades (and lots of people think that they are entitled to know!) because I know they will say to themselves (yeah... it IS only a community college...) but that's ok, I really feel that I am getting a good education, in spite of it!