The American Community College, 5th Edition

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"Since 1982, The American Community College by Cohen and Brawer has been the authoritative book on community colleges. Anyone who wants to understand these complex and dynamic institutions--how they are evolving, the contributions they make, the challenges they face, the students they serve, and the faculty and leaders who deliver the services and the curricula--will find The American Community College both essential reading and an important reference book."
--George R. Boggs, president and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges

"I have been a community college president for over forty-one years and a graduate professor for three decades. This book has been an inspiration to generations of students, faculty members, and administrators. It has become the classic of the field because it has great 'take-home' value to us all."
--Joseph N. Hankin, president, Westchester Community College

"In this latest edition of The American Community College, the authors continue to manifest their unique, highly knowledgeable perspective about the community college. This book is must-reading for all who desire to understand one of the most important educational institutions in the twenty-first century."
--Barbara K. Townsend, professor and director, Center for Community College Research, College of Education, University of Missouri-Columbia

"Cohen and Brawer's classic work is the touchstone for a comprehensive overview of the American community college. This is a seminal book for graduate students as well as seasoned professionals for understanding this uniquely American institution."
--Charles R. Dassance, president, Central Florida Community College

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The American Community College

Since it was first published more than twenty-five years ago, The American Community College has become the classic resource that faculty, administrators, trustees, and researchers rely on for a comprehensive analysis of the most recent findings and up-to-date information on the American community college. Throughout this important book, Arthur M. Cohen and Florence B. Brawer describe how community colleges fit into the American educational system, the services they provide, and the effects they have on the community.

In this completely revised and updated fifth edition, the authors include the most vital information about changes in the community college environment that have occurred in the past quarter century including: institutional expansion into new areas of service; the changing patterns of student demographics; the differences between full-time and part-time faculty; the challenges faced by college administrators due to inconsistencies in funding; the relationship between tuition and student aid; the changes in instructional technology; modified relationships with the community; the rise of occupational education and the fall in student literacy; stabilization of the liberal arts; assessment of college outcomes and contributions; and what the future holds for community colleges.

The American Community College is a comprehensive book that will be useful to all concerned with the role and purpose of community institutions in American higher education. The descriptions and analyses of each of the institution's functions can be used by administrators who want to learn about practices that have proven successful at other colleges, curriculum planners involved in program revisions, faculty members seeking ideas for modifying their courses, trustees and officials concerned with college policies regarding curriculum and student services, and graduate students preparing for careers in these institutions.

About the Author:

Arthur M. Cohen is professor emeritus of higher education and organizational change at UCLA, editor-in-chief of the journal New Directions for Community Colleges, and the author of several books on community colleges.

Florence B. Brawer has been research director of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges and associate editor of the journal New Directions for Community Colleges.

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