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Hern, Katie – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2012
Developmental courses in English, math, and reading have an important purpose in higher education, especially in the open-access world of community colleges. These classes--also referred to as "remedial"--are intended to give less-prepared students a chance to catch up and meet the challenges of college-level coursework. However,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Acceleration (Education), Remedial Instruction
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Handel, Stephen J.; Williams, Ronald A. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2011
In 2007, the College Board's Community College Advisory Panel--a group of college presidents that advises the organization's membership on community college issues--asked these authors to write a paper describing effective remedial education programs. They never wrote the paper. The problem was not the lack of dedicated faculty and staff working…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Higher Education, Advisory Committees, College Presidents
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Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2009
Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a national initiative dedicated to the premise that community colleges should be as successful at student retention and graduation, particularly for students of color and low-income, as they are at enrollment. On campus, the initiative is focused on creating a culture of evidence, one in which data…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Holding Power, Academic Achievement, College Graduates
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Mellow, Gail O.; Katopes, Peter – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2009
In order to respond effectively to the burgeoning global knowledge economy, each nation must educate a greater number of people to higher levels than ever before. And particular attention must be given to expanding the ability of low-income individuals to access and succeed in college--especially in the developing world, where they make up such a…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Higher Education, Global Approach
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Burdman, Pamela – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2009
For nearly 50 years, California's higher education system has been shaped by the tripartite division of the vaunted Master Plan. The 1960 document's bold vision of access and quality safeguarded a system of selective research universities (the University of California) and provided baccalaureate education through less-selective campuses (the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Needs, Research Universities, Public Policy
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Handel, Stephen J. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2009
When representatives from community colleges and selective four-year institutions gather, there is no greater flashpoint than the topic of part-time enrollment. This issue--that students coming from an institution comprising mostly part-time students should be enabled to transfer to selective four-year institutions in which full-time enrollment is…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Low Income Groups, Student Diversity, Higher Education
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Keene, Sara E. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2008
The community college represents the only form of universal access to education, and is thus purported to be the gateway to low-income and minority students' realization of the "American Dream." That dream is growing more and more elusive for a substantial number of people. Instead of breaking down ethnic and class barriers to economic…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Community Colleges, Social Stratification, Democratic Values
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Adelman, Clifford – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2007
As Harold Lasswell and his colleagues observed of the rhetoric of power (Language of Politics, 1965), some words become magic, with "inexplicable powers" attributed to them. "Access" has become such a word in the discourse of higher education. The sloganistic use of the term implies that someone, somewhere, is preventing somebody from doing…
Descriptors: Credits, Credentials, Access to Education, Student Financial Aid