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ERIC Number: EJ821959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Community Colleges, Eager to Prove Their Worth, Develop Voluntary Standards of Performance
Basken, Paul
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n11 pA22 Nov 2008
The federal government's recent focus on making institutions prove their academic quality has left community colleges feeling vulnerable, uncertain about how to demonstrate their value to students and worried about losing crucial taxpayer support as their enrollments rise in a sagging economy. This article reports that community-college leaders are now setting out to address this issue: over the past few weeks, the heads of the nation's major community-college associations began what they expect may be a yearlong process of developing voluntary standards in such areas as course-completion rates, transfer readiness, and employer satisfaction to build a body of statistical evidence to show why federal, state, and local governments, especially during a time of economic stress, should increase rather than reduce support for community colleges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A