Academic journal article Community College Review

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Community College Review

Editor's Note

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This issue of the Community College Review is certainly one of the most interesting and informative ones I have been associated with since becoming editor. The subject of the volume--the work of Arthur M. Cohen--covers most of the history of the modern-day community college. Indeed, it is almost impossible to write a scholarly article or book on the community college without citing Cohen and his spouse and colleague, Florence Brawer, a number of times. But the authors of the chapters in this volume make this point much better than I.

Just as most of us cite Cohen and Brawer, many of us have personal stories about one or both of them and their influence on our careers. My first contact with Arthur Cohen was in 1972 when I submitted a manuscript to him for publication. He did indeed publish my History of the Development of the Virginia Community College System, my very first publication. I have wondered many times if I would have continued to write had he not supported me in this early effort.

Arthur is often seen as hard-nosed--and he certainly is when it comes to scholarship. On a personal note, I found him to be a warm and generous individual. For example, while attending the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges I had just returned to my hotel from shopping when I saw Arthur. He had on a shirt exactly like the one I had been shopping for, but with no success. …

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