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ERIC Number: ED565220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
On Second Chances and Stratification: How Sociologists Think about Community Colleges
Schudde, Lauren; Goldrick-Rab, Sarah
Grantee Submission
Community colleges increase college access--extending postsecondary educational opportunities to students who otherwise may not have access, but they also exhibit low rates of program completion and transfer to four-year colleges. Sociological research on community colleges focuses on the tension between increasing educational opportunity and failing to improve equity in college completion across key demographics, like race and socioeconomic status. This paper provides an overview of sociology's approach to understanding community colleges. We describe sociological theories, examine the contributions they make to the field, and discuss the discipline's recent debates regarding community colleges. We conclude by highlighting research areas for further progress and discussing the role sociology could play in transforming community colleges. [This paper was published in "Community College Review" v43 p27-45 Jan 2015 (EJ1046857).]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C110011