Academic journal article Community College Review

Arthur Cohen as a Mentor

Academic journal article Community College Review

Arthur Cohen as a Mentor

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I first met Dr. Cohen in the fall of 1993 when I began my graduate work at UCLA. Two years prior, I transferred to UCLA from Los Angeles Valley College, one of the nine comprehensive community colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. As a new transfer student, one of the first courses I enrolled in was Education 180: Social Psychology of Higher Education. As a political science major, I had no idea that there was a body of knowledge related to higher education, let alone community colleges. Through this course, I learned that there were highly regarded scholars and experts conducting research in higher education on the UCLA campus. Among these scholars was Dr. Arthur M. Cohen, who had been a faculty member since 1964. Ironically, Dr. Cohen became the founding director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges in 1966, the year I was born. I remember the classic California gold and black license plate hanging in the ERIC office that said "ERIC 66." For some reason, I felt that my decision to attend UCLA and to request the opportunity to work with him was not all that ironic but, in fact, deliberate.

As a PhD student, I was one of Dr. Cohen's advisees and was given the responsibility of managing the Ford Foundation-sponsored Transfer Assembly project, among other things. During the 5 years of my graduate work under the mentorship of Dr. Cohen, I had the opportunity to work closely with him. I watched him go through the ERIC documents and read them closely to determine which should be kept or rejected. I watched him write several books during my time as a doctoral student. On numerous occasions he would call me into his office and ask me questions and challenge me about my thinking regarding educational issues and research topics. …

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