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ERIC Number: ED505280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Managing Community Colleges: Assessment at the Century Mark
Jenner, Donald
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In the truly vast body of literature about community colleges, no one seems to be asking the rather basic question: Do we really need these schools? Has whatever purpose they may have served a hundred years go, gone away or been supplanted or something of the sort? Such an assessment would be a major undertaking. This paper is a prolegomenon, suggesting the lines of inquiry I think might be profitable in such an assessment and surveying some of the likely literature-highpoints. The topics identified--the origins of the community college, and the stakeholders--are probably those most significant to the larger inquiry. The data and commentary surveyed indicate a good deal of confusion as to mission and goals, in a generally entrenched, "ancien regime" matrix of politicians, administrators and teachers with mixed agenda. This supports a preliminary conclusion that, by and large, it's time for two-year community colleges to either mature into a different kind of tier-three institution, or go away, yielding to a comprehensive tier-two model that includes tier-three elements. (Contains 50 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A