A Handbook on the Community College in America: Its History, Mission, and Management

A Handbook on the Community College in America: Its History, Mission, and Management

A Handbook on the Community College in America: Its History, Mission, and Management

A Handbook on the Community College in America: Its History, Mission, and Management

Synopsis

This reference provides a comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the community college in America. The volume contains broad sections on the historical development of community colleges, their mission and functions, curriculum and instruction, managerial concerns, financial issues, human resources, faculty, students, and the context in which they operate. Roughly 50 chapters, prepared by expert contributors, summarize and synthesize available research on particular topics and discuss those issues critical to the future of the community college in America. Each chapter provides detailed, bibliographic references and the volume concludes with an informative, bibliographical essay. A massive synthesis of research on theory and practice, this reference will be valued by everyone interested in the past, present, and future of the community college in America.

Excerpt

How to tell the story of a uniquely American institution--that was the challenge of putting together A Handbook on the Community College in America. At about the hundredth year of their existence, these institutions of higher learning are due a thoughtful and thought-provoking account of their past, present, and future. the contributors chosen to write for this reference volume are acknowledged as expert practitioners and theoreticians in their fields. They responded to the topics through the format of a review of the literature; the resulting handbook is more than just a compendium of singular opinions or various facets of the subject. Further, the writers represent a cross-section of leadership in community colleges: They reflect the variety of regional, cultural, and ethnic viewpoints that have influenced the community college movement over the years.

This reference, produced at a unique time in history, has janus-like character: While reflecting on the role of two-year institutions in the past, it also looks toward a new century in their history. in an even broader context, the end of the twentieth century finds this simultaneous looking back and looking forward occurring in all sorts of endeavors, with the expectation that the people responsible for the future must be informed of the past. For those interested in the future of community colleges, this combination of evaluation and prediction is a valuable guide for discerning the path that holds the most promise for the future.

This volume is divided into ten broad sections that provide a comprehensive overview of the issues central to community colleges in America. the chapters in each section address more particular concerns and reflect the experience and expertise of the authors. the volume concludes with a bibliographic essay on the most important works in the field.

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