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ERIC Number: ED513485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Sharing the Dream: How Faculty, Families and Community Leaders Respond to Community College Reform
Immerwahr, John; Friedman, Will
Public Agenda
In an effort to gauge receptiveness to Achieving the Dream, a major initiative to close achievement gaps at the nation's community colleges, the authors chose three participating colleges for an exploratory study. In each of the three communities, they conducted focus groups with relatively understudied stakeholders: full-time and adjunct faculty members and families of community college students. They also interviewed several community leaders. They found broad support for community colleges in general. All their respondents see the community college as a vital means for providing access to higher education for students who might otherwise not be able to attend. Faculty members are proud of their role in reaching out to these students; family members and community leaders have high praise for their local community colleges in terms of their service to a diverse student population, their accessibility and their responsiveness to community needs. At the broadest level, then, everyone they talked to appreciated the importance of Achieving the Dream's objective of improving the success of community college students, particularly those facing the greatest obstacles. When it comes to implementation, however, their research suggests several critical obstacles that Achieving the Dream will need to work through, most notably the reservations and concerns of full-time faculty. A list of community leaders is appended. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [This report was written with Amber Ott.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Texas; Virginia