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ERIC Number: EJ823346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Strengthening the Nation by Narrowing the Gap
Handel, Stephen; Montoya, James
Community College Journal, v79 n3 p24-26 Dec 2008-Jan 2009
A 2007 report by Jobs for the Future concluded that the United States "has miles to go to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in degree production, strengthen the domestic workforce to meet demand for higher skills and knowledge, and remain internationally competitive." That the United States must educate more of its citizens for an increasingly complex and competitive world is a view with few critics in higher education. But "how" the country educate these individuals is a conversation that cannot be limited to the needs of selective four-year colleges and universities. To accelerate the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials requires an unprecedented partnership among K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions--especially community colleges. In this article, the author discusses that narrowing the achievement gap and addressing the need for an educated and skilled citizenry requires everyone to leverage the capacity, accessibility, and low cost of America's community colleges through three actions. These actions are: (1) To prepare students for community college success in the same way that schools prepare students enrolling in four-year institutions; (2) To inoculate students against failure by providing academic "checkups" in high school; and (3) To create "transfer-going cultures" that serve the unique needs of two-year institutions and strengthen partnerships among community colleges and four-year schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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