ERIC Number: EJ936165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Community Colleges and the Politics of Sociospatial Scale
Ayers, David F.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v62 n3 p303-314 Sep 2011
In an analysis of 421 community college mission statements, I demonstrate how community colleges recontextualize a dominant discourse in which economic activity at the global scale transcends regulation, the nation-state lacks the moral authority to influence markets, and local communities have no choice but to adapt. Findings suggest that the community college has appropriated economic development as a mission priority and tacitly accommodated scalar relations typical of post-Fordism. On the other hand, a rival hypothesis suggests a competing trend in which colleges prepare and empower students to engage in sociopolitical processes at a global scale.
Descriptors: Economic Development, Community Colleges, Measures (Individuals), Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Learner Engagement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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