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2nd Edition

Understanding Community Colleges

ISBN 9781138288133
Published March 19, 2018 by Routledge
292 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Understanding Community Colleges provides a critical examination of contemporary issues and practices and policy of community colleges. This contributed volume brings together highly respected scholars as well as new scholars for a comprehensive analysis of the community college landscape, including management and governance, finance, student demographics and development, teaching and learning, policy, faculty, and workforce development. At the end of each chapter, the "Questions for Discussion" section helps to bridge the gap between research and practice. Written for students enrolled in higher education and community college graduate programs, as well as social sciences scholars, this provocative new edition covers the latest developments in the field, including trends in enrollment, developmental education, student services, funding, and shared governance.


Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures

Series Editors Introduction



Chapter 1 The Historical Origins of the Comprehensive Community College Mission, 1901-1965
Ken Meier

Chapter 2 Student Diversity in Community Colleges: Examining Trends and Understanding the Challenges
Lindsey E. Malcom-Piqueux

Chapter 3 Student Development Versus Consumerism: Student Services on Campus
Joan B. Hirt and Tara E. Frank

Chapter 4 Hispanic Community College Students: A Profile of Theory and Research
Amaury Nora, Vincent Carales, and Ripsimé K. Bledsoe

Chapter 5 International Student Enrollment in U. S. Community Colleges: Joint Endeavors by Individuals and Institutions
Yi Leaf Zhang and Linda Serra Hagedorn

Chapter 6 Adult Student Development: The Socio-Agentic Approach and its Relationship to the Community College Context
Virginia Montero-Hernandez and Christine Cerven

Chapter 7 Teaching Academically Underprepared Students in Community Colleges
Dolores Perin

Chapter 8 Career and Technical Education: Old Debates and Persistent Challenges
Debra D. Bragg

Chapter 9 Faculty and the Connection to the Institution
John S. Levin

Chapter 10 Leading in the Middle
Marilyn Amey and Pamela Eddy

Chapter 11 Redefining Shared Responsibility: Governance in the 21st Century Community College
Susan T. Kater and Carrie B. Kisker

Chapter 12 State Fiscal Support for Community Colleges
Jim Palmer and Richard M. Romano 

Chapter 13 The Future is Probabl[e]y: The Same but Different
John S. Levin, Susan T. Kater, and Ariadna I. López Damián

Contributor Bios

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John S. Levin is Professor of Higher Education at the University of California, Riverside, USA. 

Susan T. Kater is Associate Vice Chancellor, Institutional Strategy, Research, and Effectiveness at Maricopa County Community College District, and Adjunct Faculty at Northern Arizona University, USA.


Praise for the First Edition "The thoughtful perspectives presented in this important book constitute an innovative, experiential view of the community college as a site of promise and contest. This should be required reading for anyone seeking to better understand these complex and essential institutions."
--Brian Pusser, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, USA