Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Truth about Community Colleges

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Truth about Community Colleges

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As the 2003-2004 academic year gets under way, Black Issues shines a spotlight on the role of the nation's community colleges. Overlooked and frequently misunderstood, community colleges bear an enormous burden in opening the doors of higher education to millions of Americans. While community colleges serve as the bedrock institution for high school graduates who opt for vocational opportunities, they are increasingly being called upon to educate a growing share of people who will eventually earn bachelor's degrees and beyond.

Black Issues has in the past been accused of not covering community colleges as extensively as we do four-year institutions. Have we been slow to recognize the value of the community college? Actually, it is quite the contrary. The reality is that we do recognize the value of two-year institutions, so much so that our parent company almost 15 years ago began publishing Community College Week, a biweekly publication, which exclusively covers issues unique to two-year institutions. But issues and life on community-college campuses are of great importance to Black Issues. Community colleges attract a diverse student population, not just racially and ethnically diverse, but academically as well.

Community-college leaders admit to battling a public perception problem. The schools are often stereotyped as institutions that just serve students who do not have what it takes to attend a four-year institution. When in fact, who they serve and for what reasons is much broader. …

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