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ERIC Number: EJ838635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-27
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Washington Has Failed the Workhorses of American Higher Education
Jones, Diane Auer
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n29 pB16 Mar 2009
Americans depend largely on their community colleges to advance a form of democratic meritocracy in which all people--from dual-enrolled high-school and home-schooled students to traditional 18-year-old students to forty-something career changers, to retirees and octogenarians--have the opportunity to learn, grow, and excel. Yet despite the vital role that community colleges play in advancing Americans' upward mobility, the question remains: Will policy makers adequately support community colleges as facilitators of entrepreneurship and purveyors of the American dream? The author spent a decade trying to raise awareness in Washington about the power and promise of American community colleges--with far less success than she had hoped for--and it is clear to her that the federal government has failed these workhorses of American higher education. It has also flubbed the collection of data that would represent just how valuable the institutions really are. To better support today's college students and the institutions that educate them, people must acknowledge the significant and growing proportion of nontraditional students, and understand that policies and programs developed decades ago have not kept pace with the changes in their higher-education system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington