ERIC Number: ED535814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 697
The Community College Mission: History and Theory, 1930-2000. Working Paper Series. Number 1-09
Meier, Kenneth M.
Institute for Community College Research
There is a significant omission in the literature concerning the historical origins of the community college and the social and educational forces that have shaped its mission. Rigorous historical studies are relatively rare in higher education. For community colleges, analytical histories are even less common (Ratcliff, 1987; Frye, 1991, 1992). This study is a multidisciplinary historical analysis of the national junior-community college mission debate in the twentieth century. It combines fresh historical research with organization theory and consensus social movement theory to clarify and contextualize the community college mission and organizational behavior. The study explains the mission as an historically contingent social and educational process driven by a complex interaction of environmental pressures, institutional structure, organizational culture, and community and student demands.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational History, College Role, Organizational Culture, Social Environment, Interdisciplinary Approach, Institutional Mission, Educational Research
Institute for Community College Research. Broome Community College, P.O. Box 1017, Binghamton, NY 13902-1017. Tel: 607-778-5228; Fax: 607-778-5394; Web site: http://www.sunybroome.edu/iccr
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: Broome Community College, Institute for Community College Research
Identifiers - Location: United States