ERIC Number: EJ708611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Doing Well and Doing Good: Community Colleges and the Civic Engagement Movement
Albert, Louis S.
Change, v36 n6 p42 Nov-Dec 2004
When college students find ways to combine education for productive work with education for responsible citizenship, the balance between workplace productivity and civic engagement provides both financial rewards and a deep sense of satisfaction associated with contributing to the vitality of the communities where they work and live. This is especially true for community college students, who frequently have more complicated lives and more demands on their time than many traditional students at four-year colleges and universities--yet who nevertheless are interested in substantive involvement in the communities from which they come. This article is divided into the following sections: Community College or University?; The Financial Incentive for Attending a Community College; Incorporating a Commitment to Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum; The Civic Responsibility of Community Colleges; and The Intersection between Education for Private Gain or Public Good. It concludes the nation's community colleges are uniquely positioned to contribute to the economic and social vitality of their surrounding communities because students, for the most part, either live at home or elsewhere in the local community. When these students engage in a curriculum that focuses simultaneously on developing professional skills and civic responsibility, more often than not, they learn more deeply, what they learn lasts longer, and what they do with what they learn is more meaningful. The dual focus is a win-win situation--for students and for the communities served by their colleges.
Descriptors: College Students, Citizenship Education, Community Colleges, College Role, Education Work Relationship, Democratic Values, Role of Education, Social Responsibility
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland