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ERIC Number: ED426741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 29
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Reconceptualizing Schools and Learning: The California Community Colleges.
Robles, Harriett J.
This paper outlines the development of the community college system in American higher education, describes the impact of the various reform movements of the twentieth century on community colleges, and discusses the current and future issues that two-year colleges face. These topics are discussed in relation to California's community colleges, with special attention given to conclusions drawn by Kevin Dougherty in his study of 34 community colleges. A historical outline traces the development of the community college from its first established campus in 1901 in Joliet, Illinois, to the present, with California holding the single largest community college system, which includes 107 colleges serving over 1.3 million students, and is, in fact, the largest system of higher education in the nation. Discussed next is the educational reform era of the 1980s, the development of change out of earlier movements, and issues specific to community colleges, including concern with equity, access, and providing business with an educated and skilled workforce. Finally, a section on the future of the curriculum covers issues of access, accountability, systematic change, funding, and governance and administration. Contains 10 references. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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