Reforming the American community college: promising changes and their challenges

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Author: Dougherty, Kevin J.; Lahr, Hana; Morest, Vanessa Smith


Enrolling more than 6 million students each fall, community colleges carry out a crucial function in higher education by providing access to college, including baccalaureate opportunities, occupational education, remedial education, and other educational services. At the same time, community colleges face great challenges that have elicited calls for major reforms. This paper begins by discussing the social roles and organization of community colleges in the United States, their main social contributions, and the challenges they face. It then describes and evaluates the sweeping policy...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Participation; Policy; Governance

Keywords: Community college; Education and training reform; Institutional role

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: New York, New York: Community College Research Center, 2017

Physical description: 32 p.

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Series: CCRC working paper; no. 98

Statement of responsibility: Kevin J. Dougherty, Hana Lahr, Vanessa S. Morest

Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 130.536

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