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Understanding Community Colleges

2nd Edition

Edited by John S. Levin, Susan T. Kater


292 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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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. 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. At the end of each chapter, the "Questions for Discussion" section helps to bridge the gap between research and practice.


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

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Core Concepts in Higher Education

Core Concepts in Higher Education is a textbook series for the education of new professionals, covering the core areas of study in the field of higher education and student affairs. This timely and dependable series provides the necessary tools to ensure practice is informed by theory and research. The books in this series invite students to think critically about the field to discover what has been left out and what needs to be learned, and also provides frameworks and constructs for addressing challenges facing higher education. The Core Concepts in Higher Education series moves thought, action, and scholarship forward by valuing, reconstructing, and building on the foundations of the field. Through a rich combination of research, theory, and practice, this series aims to move the field into a new generation of scholarship to better prepare students for authentic leadership of our colleges, universities, and academic communities.

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