The American Community College

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For more than thirty years, The American CommunityCollege has been the go-to reference for faculty,administrators, trustees, state-level officials, and researchersconcerned with the role of community colleges in the Americaneducational system, the services they provide, and their effects onstudents and surrounding communities.

Now in its sixth edition, The American Community Collegeincludes a new chapter on student outcomes and accountability; acase for reconceptualizing general...

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Overview

For more than thirty years, The American CommunityCollege has been the go-to reference for faculty,administrators, trustees, state-level officials, and researchersconcerned with the role of community colleges in the Americaneducational system, the services they provide, and their effects onstudents and surrounding communities.

Now in its sixth edition, The American Community Collegeincludes a new chapter on student outcomes and accountability; acase for reconceptualizing general education around criticalthinking, civic engagement, and sustainable development; and anappendix examining the ascendant for-profit sector. The sixthedition also incorporates expanded analyses of recent trends withinthe community colleges, including vertical expansion; cross-sectorcollaboration; student and faculty characteristics; enrollmentpatterns; revenue generation and state allocation patterns,including performance-based funding; distance learning; andstatewide efforts to improve transfer and articulation. Inaddition, the authors include a response to contemporary criticismsof the institution.

Comprehensive in scope, the sixth edition of The AmericanCommunity College is designed for anyone concerned with therole and purpose of community institutions in American highereducation. The descriptions and analyses of each of theinstitution's functions can be used by administrators who want tolearn about practices that have proven successful at othercolleges, curriculum planners involved in program revisions,faculty members seeking ideas for modifying their courses, studentspreparing for careers in community colleges, and trustees andofficials concerned with college policies and student progress andoutcomes. Each chapter of the book includes guiding questions forreflection and discussion.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118449813
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/30/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 588,701
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur M. Cohen is professor emeritus of higher education atUCLA, editor-in-chief of New Directions for Community Colleges, and the author of numerous books and articles on community colleges.

Florence B. Brawer is former research director of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges and associate editor of New Directions for Community Colleges. Cohen and Brawer together wrote several books on community colleges, including five previous editions of The American Community College.

Carrie B. Kisker is an education research and policy consultant and a director of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges. She is the former managing editor of New Directions for Community Colleges. Cohen and Kisker are the coauthors of The Shaping of American Higher Education, Second Edition.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

The Authors xv

1. Background: Evolving Priorities and Expectations of the Community College 1

2. Students: Diverse Backgrounds and Purposes 45

3. Faculty: Building a Professional Identity 79

4. Organization, Governance, and Administration: Managing the Contemporary College 109

5. Finances: Generating, Sustaining, and Allocating Resources 151

6. Instruction: Methods, Media, and Effects 177

7. Student Services: Supporting Educational Objectives 209

8. Developmental Education: Enhancing Literacy and Basic Skills 235

9. Liberal Arts and Transfer Education: Preparation for the University 265

10. Integrative Education: Modifying General Education 289

11. Occupational Education: Growth and Change in Workforce Preparation 303

12. Community Education: Extending College Services and Training 333

13. Scholarship and Commentary: Perspectives of the Community College 359

14. Student Progress and Outcomes: A New Age of Accountability 391

15. Toward the Future: Trends, Challenges, and Obligations 435

Appendix: For-Profit Institutions 471

References 487

Name Index 541

Subject Index 549

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