Defending the Community College Equity Agenda by Thomas Bailey, Vanessa Smith Morest

By Thomas Bailey, Vanessa Smith Morest

Group schools sign up nearly half all undergraduates within the usa. those two-year schools take place the yank dedication to available and reasonable larger schooling. With approximately 1,200 associations national, neighborhood faculties have made major growth during the last decade in beginning entry and became the serious access element to better schooling for lots of american citizens who routinely were disregarded of academic and fiscal chance. but monetary, political, and social advancements have elevated the demanding situations neighborhood faculties face in pursuing an "equity agenda." a few of these comprise falling country budgets mixed with growing to be enrollments, a better emphasis on outcome-based responsibility, pageant from for-profit associations, and growing to be immigrant scholar populations. those trials come at a time while neighborhood schools confront an important monetary and team improvement pressures which could influence their venture. How can group faculties proceed to keep up their open-door rules, help underprepared scholars, and fight to assist enrolled scholars entire levels and certificate that arrange them for fulfillment within the place of work? development on case reports of faculties in six states—New York, Texas, Florida, California, Washington, and Illinois—this quantity deals a clean exam of the problems at present dealing with American group schools. Drawing on their fieldwork supplemented via nationwide information, the authors examine how those demanding situations impression the neighborhood collage challenge of academic opportunity—especially for low-income scholars, scholars of colour, and different underserved groups—and how schools are responding to a greatly diverse setting. They then suggest a collection of innovations to reinforce the function of neighborhood faculties in offering either entry and possibilities for fulfillment for all scholars.

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It is not surprising that the rural colleges were the smallest of this group. Four of five suburban colleges occupied a relatively narrow range of 9,000 to 13,000 students. The fifth suburban college was uncharacteristically large. The urban colleges ranged greatly in size, from 7,000 to nearly 26,000 students. This broad range reflects the organizational structure of the colleges as either operating alone or as part of state subsystems. The dynamics of enrollment change during the 1990s will be discussed later in the book, but it is worth noting here that most of these colleges were growing.

Since the early 1990s, high-profile for-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix and DeVry Institutes attracted a great deal of attention and investor interest. Although they were more expensive, they had a reputation for e√ectively tapping public financial aid for their students. Rapid growth of these institutions, especially in high-profile occupational areas, presents a challenge to the enrollments in community colleges. ’’ (Zeiss, 1998) One possibility is that public educational institutions may have problems similar to those experienced by public hospitals.

On one side is the concern that community colleges are becoming vocationalized, to the detriment of other missions, particularly transfer. This perception emerged early on, with the development of comprehensiveness. Today’s version of the vocationalization debate has to be expanded to include contract and continuing education. Continuing education is often noncredit and is aimed at students seeking to learn or upgrade specific job-related skills. Many community colleges have established special departments that market or repackage continuing education and other college programs to business and industry clients.

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