ERIC Number: ED473705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Best in Class: Community Colleges Could Take Notes from the Nation's Top Schools.
CommonWealth, v7 n4 p19-24 Sum 2002
MetLife Foundation created a national awards program to identify and reward community colleges that are best promoting educational and economic advancement of underserved youth and adults. Jobs for the Future, a Boston-based national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young people and adults gain skills needed to succeed in a changing world, managed this effort for the foundation. The six finalists and the two award recipients reflect the wide range of American community colleges. West Hills Community College (WHCC) in California's San Joaquin Valley is a small school in a largely Hispanic rural area. At WHCC, recruiting from the area's Hispanic population is the highest priority. Advisors and counselors go out into the community; Hispanic enrollment has increased from 17% to 48% since new leadership took over 8 years ago. Sinclair Community College (SCC) in Dayton, Ohio, is large and urban, with significant concentrations of poor Appalachian whites and African Americans in its classrooms. SCC targets zip codes with high percentages of African Americans and Appalachian residents for outreach. The author describes some innovations in Massachusetts community colleges, but argues that they are the exception in that state rather than the rule. Massachusetts has low state support for community colleges, resulting in tuition that is among the highest in the nation, which in turn depresses enrollment. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Awards, Community Colleges, Educationally Disadvantaged, First Generation College Students, Job Skills, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Students, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.jff.org/jff/PDFDocuments/BestInClass.pdf.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts