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ERIC Number: EJ1159449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Where We Are Now
Guth, Douglas J.
Community College Journal, v88 n2 p10-15 Oct-Nov 2017
In 2012, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) released a report stating, in no uncertain terms, that "the American dream is imperiled." Data supporting this declaration highlighted a sagging economy and a record number of Americans who had fallen into poverty. A product of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, the report "Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation's Future," outlined the challenges facing the country, citing two-year colleges as potential beacons guiding the U.S. back to global competiveness and prosperity. Five years later, many of the nation's community colleges have taken the report's lofty ambitions to heart, says AACC President and CEO Walter Bumphus. Policy ideas laid out by the document have broken down barriers inhibiting students, propped up degree and certification completion rates, and narrowed attainment gaps across groups of learners. Guided by the commission report, individual community colleges are at the forefront of an Obama-era agenda challenging schools to educate an additional 5 million students with degrees, certificates or other credentials by 2020. Though the work is far from finished, Bumphus and college administrators believe that "reclaiming the American dream" is very much an attainable goal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio; California; Oregon
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