ERIC Number: ED400000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-4
Community College: Impressions and Images Gained through Publications.
Getskow, Veronica A.
The community college movement has been well-documented since the organization of the first junior colleges. This documentation has been maintained by six groups: scholars and professors, the popular media, institutional research, state agencies, faculty organizations, and national organizations. Currently, approximately 100 scholars and professors employed in prestigious university or college settings research, teach, and write about community colleges. Written by recognized experts in the field, this research is generally influential, but is usually published in scholarly journals with limited readerships. In contrast, writings produced by the popular media have the potential for a vast readership, which makes it the second most influential category of documents. Institutional researchers produce reports on preset topics to meet mandates from many sources and directed at a small, select audience. State agencies, for their part, make specific fact and figure requests from individual community colleges and publish information on demographics, student progress and success, and course offerings. Although faculty in community colleges do not usually experience the same pressure to publish as university faculty, they do produce materials in the form of reports by faculty groups, updates on research projects, current trends, and practical application. Finally, national organizations can produce influential works since they often enjoy a solid financial base from dues-paying members and strong networks and affiliations. Contains 68 references. (HAA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, University of California, Los Angeles.