ERIC Number: EJ1195356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Community Colleges: The Original Higher Education Disrupter
Mellow, Gail O.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v50 n3-4 p108-112 2018
In thinking about the changes in higher education over the past five decades as "Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning" turns 50, the image that comes to mind is pixilation, the process by which complex digital images, when seen up close, are expressed as small individual squares of color. The realization that all the images on digital devices are comprised of these tiny bits of data echoes the landscape of American higher education, which is also made up of many different, smaller parts. Over the past 50 years, there has been a dynamic movement of the concept of college from a singular framework of residential colleges and universities serving a narrow band of 18-year-olds in cloistered bastions of brick and privilege, to the 20th century explosion of campuses, a broadening of the demographics of college students, and a widening of structures of inter-dependence that allow an unprecedented number of students to move among colleges as they earn degrees. While that expansion can be attributed to many factors, Gail Mellow, explains why she feels that the creation of the community college is most meaningful.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Higher Education, Instructional Leadership, Leaders
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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