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ERIC Number: EJ791729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Foundations of Corporatization: Lessons from the Community College
Jones, Juli A.
History Teacher, v41 n2 p213-217 Feb 2008
The American emphasis on utility and practicality in education was expanded over the course of the twentieth century, particularly in the development of community colleges with their dual mission of liberal arts education and vocational training. Because of their mission and their dependence on local funding and community requirements, two-year colleges have been especially vulnerable to the pressures of corporatization. While the effects of corporatization are not always recognized at the four-year level, university colleagues need only look to the community college experience to find many examples of problems that they will inevitably share. Today, most college students receive their history education, particularly their survey courses, at community colleges. They provide the foundation for many students who become history majors, and the only history education that many citizens will ever have. The adoption of business models in higher education has been a particular challenge for community colleges. Students demand education for economic success and quick progress through convenient programs, not education for citizenship. While there are many problems resulting from business model education, the author believes that the most significant community college concerns regarding corporatization are (1) the use of contingent faculty; (2) outcomes assessment initiatives; (3) pressure to base curriculum and other decisions on a "students as customers" model; and (4) faculty governance. (Contains 10 endnotes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A