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ERIC Number: ED546790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 72
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-8799-2244-0
Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success
St. Rose, Andresse; Hill, Catherine
American Association of University Women
Community colleges open the door to opportunity for millions of Americans who want to pursue higher education and secure their economic futures. As an organization founded on the basic principle of making college accessible to women, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been a leading voice for women in education and the workplace for more than a century. "Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success" focuses on a segment of the higher education community that is too often overlooked: community colleges. Millions of women attend community colleges to earn certificates or degrees or to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, but too many of these women leave without achieving their goals. This report presents an overview of community college students today, their goals, and their realities. Two issues concern women in particular. First, the limited availability of on-campus child care has special importance for mothers, who are often the primary caregivers. Second, women remain underrepresented in high-demand, traditionally male fields such as science and technology. These fields cover opportunities for both women and men to secure their individual success and to contribute to the economic growth of the nation. "Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success" is a call to action. From strengthening federal legislation to improving services on individual campuses, more must be done to ensure that women at community colleges can access, pursue, and achieve the educational and economic opportunities of the 21st century. A bibliography is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eleanor Roosevelt Fund; Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle
Authoring Institution: American Association of University Women