"Since 1982, The American Community College by Cohen and Brawer has been the authoritative book on community colleges. Anyone who wants to understand these complex and dynamic institutions—how they are evolving, the contributions they make, the challenges they face, the students they serve, and the faculty and leaders who deliver the services and the curricula—will find The American Community College both essential reading and an important reference book."
—George R. Boggs, president and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges
"I have been a community college president for over forty-one years and a graduate professor for three decades. This book has been an inspiration to generations of students, faculty members, and administrators. It has become the classic of the field because it has great 'take-home' value to us all."
—Joseph N. Hankin, president, Westchester Community College
"In this latest edition of The American Community College, the authors continue to manifest their unique, highly knowledgeable perspective about the community college. This book is must-reading for all who desire to understand one of the most important educational institutions in the twenty-first century."
—Barbara K. Townsend, professor and director, Center for Community College Research, College of Education, University of Missouri–Columbia
"Cohen and Brawer's classic work is the touchstone for a comprehensive overview of the American community college. This is a seminal book for graduate students as well as seasoned professionals for understanding this uniquely American institution."
—Charles R. Dassance, president, Central Florida Community College
An analysis of the history, role, and changing function of the community college. This new edition (first, 1981) examines changes within the last decade, delineating enrollment trends, hiring practices and faculty issues, instructional methods and technologies, and educational needs and programs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Arthur M. Cohen is professor emeritus of higher education and organizational change at UCLA, editor-in-chief of the journal New Directions for Community Colleges, and the author of several books on community colleges.
Florence B. Brawer has been research director of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges and associate editor of the journal New Directions for Community Colleges.