Community College Missions in the 21st Century: New Directions for Community Colleges / Edition 1

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This volume reexamines the community college's functional missionsin the context of both long-established and emerging societalmissions. Written for college leaders, scholars, and policymakers,Community College Missions in the 21st Centuryaddresses the most pressing questions concerning communitycolleges, including:

  • Is the societal mission of a community college to providepostsecondary education to students who might not otherwise obtainit, or to be responsive to the needs of local communities,including business and industry?
  • Should its dominant functional mission be to provide transfereducation so that students can eventually attain a baccalaureate,or should the institution concentrate on workforce training andcontinuing education?
  • Given demographic shifts and pressures to be accountable anddemonstrate student learning, are the traditional community collegemissions still relevant?

What makes discussions of community college missions sointriguing is that the answer to each of these questions ispotentially yes, depending on one's perspective on the role ofcommunity colleges in America's education system. This volumeexamines these questions and others through variousperspectives, using specific case studies and examiningbroader, more national perspectives.

This is the 136th volume of New Directions forCommunity Colleges, a quarterly journal published byJossey-Bass.

Clickhere to view the entire list of titles from New Directions forCommunity Colleges.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787995751
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/16/2007
  • Series: J-B CC Single Issue Community Colleges Series, #194
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors’ Notes (Barbara K. Townsend, Kevin J.Dougherty).

1. Community College Missions: A Theoretical and HistoricalPerspective (Kevin J. Dougherty, Barbara K. Townsend)
This chapter analyzes various conceptualizations of the missions ofthe community college, examines variations in these missions overtime and across states and regions, discusses conflicts in mission,and speculates about the future of community college missions.

2. A Case for the Community College’s Open Access Mission(Henry D. Shannon, Ronald C. Smith)
This chapter discusses the myriad economic, social, and politicalthreats to the open access mission of America’s communitycolleges.

3. Appraising the Efficacy of Civic Education at the CommunityCollege (George H. Higginbottom, Richard M. Romano)
This chapter discusses obstacles to and opportunities for thesuccess of the community college’s societal mission ofeducation for civic competence.

4. The Transfer Mission: Tried and True, But Troubled?(Barbara K. Townsend, Kristin B. Wilson)
The community college’s transfer mission is experiencing bothchallenges and opportunities due to changing demographics andgovernmental interest in baccalaureate attainment.

5. Prioritizing Service to the Academically Talented: The HonorsCollege (Deborah L. Floyd, Alexandria Holloway)
Honors programs and colleges, including the Honors College at MiamiDade College, are examined in terms of their appropriateness to thecommunity college mission of open access and egalitarianism.

6. The Uncertain Future of the Community College WorkforceDevelopment Mission (James Jacobs, Kevin J. Dougherty)
This chapter describes the evolution of the community collegeworkforce development mission, the crisis it is currently facing,and alternative future paths, including a “newvocationalism” and an emphasis on meeting the needs oflow-income adults.

7. Emerging Institutional Support for Developmental Education(Carol A. Kozeracki, J. Bryan Brooks)
A case study of emerging institutional support for developmentaleducation at Davidson County Community College (North Carolina)illustrates the need to integrate this mission into the communitycollege’s varied missions.

8. Competing Missions: Balancing Entrepreneurialism withCommunity Responsiveness in Community College Continuing EducationDivisions (John A. Downey, Brian Pusser, J. KirstenTurner)
Drawing on the results of a national survey, the authors describecommunity college continuing education programs and analyze theimpact of shifting economic and institutional factors.

9. Enrollment Management in the Comprehensive Community College:A Case Study of Bronx Community College (Nancy Ritze)
Using Bronx Community College (New York) as an example, thischapter describes the role institutional research can play in theenrollment management process.

10. Prioritizing Community College Missions: A DirectionalEffort (Christine Johnson McPhail, Irving PressleyMcPhail)
The chapter delineates the essential elements of a framework forestablishing mission priorities for community colleges.


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