The American Community College

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John Wiley & Sons, 2003 - Education - 505 pages
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Since it was first published in 1982 The American Community College has become the primary resource that faculty, administrators, trustees, and researchers look to 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.
This completely revised and updated edition contains information about recent changes in the community college landscape, including consolidation of faculty power, mandatory testing and placement of students, the greater prominence of developmental education, and the attention given to state-level directives regarding institutional functioning and funding. The authors also present the current information on a number of other topics, including student flow, instruction, student services, and curricular functions. In addition, The American Community College includes updated tables and graphs that reflect the most current data and incorporate new examples of the services that colleges provide.
The American Community College is a comprehensive book that will be useful to anyone concerned with the role and purpose of two-year 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.

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Background Evolving Priorities and Expectations of the Community College
Students Diverse Backgrounds Purposes and Outcomes
Faculty Building a Professional Identity
Governance and Administration Managing the Contemporary College
Finances Sustaining and Allocating Resources
Instruction Methods Media and Effects
Student Services Supporting Educational Objectives
Vocational Education Occupational Entry Change and Development
Community Education Extending College Services and Training
Collegiate Function Transfer and the Liberal Arts
Scholarship Research in and About the Colleges
The Social Role A Response to the Critics
Toward the Future Trends Challenges and Obligations
Name Index
Subject Index

Developmental Education Enhancing Literacy and Basic Skills

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About the author (2003)

Arthur M. Cohen is professor of higher education at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Shaping of American Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 1998)
Florence B. Brawer is research director of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges.
Cohen and Brawer are the editor-in-chief and associate editor, respectively, of the Jossey-Bass quarterly series New Directions for Community Colleges.

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