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© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Community Colleges: Selected full-text books and articles

Community Colleges: Policy in the Future Context By Barbara K. Townsend; Susan B. Twombly Ablex, 2001
A Handbook on the Community College in America: Its History, Mission, and Management By George A. Baker III; Judy Dudziak; Peggy Tyler Greenwood Press, 1994
The Two-Year College: A Social Synthesis By Clyde E. Blocker; Robert H. Plummer; Richard C. Richardson Jr Prentice-Hall, 1965
Mission Priorities of Community Colleges in the Southern United States By Ayers, David F Community College Review, Vol. 30, No. 3, Winter 2002
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Next Steps for the Community College By Trudy H. Bers; Harriott D. Calhoun Jossey-Bass, 2002
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