Establishing an Experimental Community College in the United States
Challenges, Successes, and Implications for Higher Education
This text offers an in-depth case study of the development of an experimental community college established by City University of New York with the aim of increasing two-year completion rates. By detailing academic and administrative reforms undertaken at Guttman Community College since 2007, the text illustrates the implementation of innovative practices in developmental education, advising, and experiential education and offers critical commentary on why reforms failed to bring the expected results.
In a series of comprehensive and insightful chapters, Jordan maps the process of implementation and reform at Guttman Community College. In doing so, he explores the shortcomings of the Guttman enterprise, and offers in-depth analysis of the causes and implications of a failure to account for the local context and student population in planning and implementation phases. This unique, historical narrative thus offers important insights into pitfalls and best practices around issues of racial inequity, governance and leadership, curriculum development, student support services, and data-driven decision making. Each chapter concludes with a section focusing specifically on implications for the post-secondary system more broadly to inform effective, appropriate, and inclusive college reform.
This book will be of interest to postgraduates and researchers exploring the history and governance of postsecondary education in the United States, as well as academic administrators, faculty, and policymakers. Jordan speaks to the myriad lessons that can be valuable for a higher education landscape that is hungry for innovation and reform.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Dr. Howard M. Wach
Chapter 1. The Planning Stage
Chapter 2. From Concept to College
Chapter 3. Issues of Governance and Administration
Chapter 4. Curricular Challenges
Chapter 5. Revising the Model
Chapter 6. The Way Forward
Chet Jordan is Dean of Social Sciences and Professional Studies at Greenfield Community College, USA.