Since it was first published more than twenty-five years ago, The American Community College has become the classic resource that faculty, administrators, trustees, and researchers rely on for a comprehensive analysis of the most recent findings and up-to-date information on the American community college. Throughout this important book, Arthur M. Cohen and Florence B. Brawer describe how community colleges fit into the American educational system, the services they provide, and the effects they have on the community.
In this completely revised and updated fifth edition, the authors include the most vital information about changes in the community college environment that have occurred in the past quarter century including: institutional expansion into new areas of service; the changing patterns of student demographics; the differences between full-time and part-time faculty; the challenges faced by college administrators due to inconsistencies in funding; the relationship between tuition and student aid; the changes in instructional technology; modified relationships with the community; the rise of occupational education and the fall in student literacy; stabilization of the liberal arts; assessment of college outcomes and contributions; and what the future holds for community colleges.
The American Community College is a comprehensive book that will be useful to all concerned with the role and purpose of community institutions in American higher education. The descriptions and analyses of each of the institution's functions can be used by administrators who want to learn about practices that have proven successful at other colleges, curriculum planners involved in program revisions, faculty members seeking ideas for modifying their courses, trustees and officials concerned with college policies regarding curriculum and student services, and graduate students preparing for careers in these institutions.
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.