2nd Edition

Understanding Community Colleges

Edited By John S. Levin, Susan T. Kater Copyright 2018
    314 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.



    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


    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