Community Colleges

community college

community college, public institution of higher education. Community colleges are characterized by a two-year curriculum that leads to either the associate degree or transfer to a four-year college. The transfer program parallels the first two years of a four-year college. The degree program generally prepares students for direct entrance into an occupation. Because of their low tuition, local setting, and relatively easy entrance requirements, community colleges have been a major force in the post–World War II expansion of educational opportunities in the United States. They are also referred to as junior colleges.

See E. J. Gleazer, Jr., This is the Community College (1968); C. R. Monroe, Profile of the Community College (1972).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Community Colleges: Policy in the Future Context
Barbara K. Townsend; Susan B. Twombly.
Ablex, 2001
A Handbook on the Community College in America: Its History, Mission, and Management
George A. Baker III; Judy Dudziak; Peggy Tyler.
Greenwood Press, 1994
The Diverted Dream: Community Colleges and the Promise of Educational Opportunity in America, 1900-1985
Steven Brint; Jerome Karabel.
Oxford US, 1989
The Two-Year College: A Social Synthesis
Clyde E. Blocker; Robert H. Plummer; Richard C. Richardson Jr.
Prentice-Hall, 1965
The Junior College: Progress and Prospect
Leland L. Medsker.
McGraw-Hill, 1960
Policy, Pedagogy, and Social Inequality: Community College Student Realities in Post-Industrial America
Penelope E. Herideen.
Bergin & Garvey, 1998
Mission Priorities of Community Colleges in the Southern United States
Ayers, David F.
Community College Review, Vol. 30, No. 3, Winter 2002
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The Vision of the Public Junior College, 1900-1940: Professional Goals and Popular Aspirations
John H. Frye.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Next Steps for the Community College
Trudy H. Bers; Harriott D. Calhoun.
Jossey-Bass, 2002
Honored but Invisible: An Inside Look at Teaching in Community Colleges
W. Norton Grubb.
Routledge, 1999
The New Vocationalism in Community Colleges
Debra D. Bragg.
Jossey-Bass, 2001
Evaluating, Improving, and Judging Faculty Performance in Two-Year Colleges
Richard I. Miller; Charles Finley; Candace Shedd Vancko.
Bergin and Garvey, 2000
Two-Year Colleges for Women and Minorities: Enabling Access to the Baccalaureate
Barbara Townsend.
Falmer Press, 1999
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