Community Colleges: A Reference Handbook

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This new volume shows why America's community colleges increasingly find themselves at the epicenter of social conflict, surrounded by unresolved questions such as: In a country based on the notion of equal opportunity, shouldn't all high school graduates have access to higher education? Are access and excellence really compatible? What is the real work of community colleges? Is it to provide transfer programs for students going on to baccalaureate colleges or training workers for careers in business and industry?

In this comprehensive guide, readers will find not only a solid grounding in the latest research on these difficult questions but also a thoughtful analysis of the social forces that gave rise to American community colleges and still shape them today.

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"With its high proportion of current references, up-to-date directory listings, and clearly written analyses of the history and issues, Community Colleges appears to have succeeded very well in its aim to provide an introduction to, and analysis of, its topic as well as a guide to further research."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576077665
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Series: Contemporary Education Issues Series
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The growth of community colleges in the twentieth century 43
Ch. 3 Community colleges and access versus excellence 75
Ch. 4 The curriculum : transfer versus career 117
Ch. 5 Community colleges and lifelong learning 149
Ch. 6 The future of the community college 177
Ch. 7 Organizations, associations, and government agencies 215
Ch. 8 Selected print and nonprint resources 227
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