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Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College (Hardback)
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Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 28/01/2008
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Community college leaders need honest information about what's working in the community college and need to be challenged about the things that are not. State Legislatures and Congress need updated facts to assist them in making wise funding decisions. Community college advocates need updated information to assist them in their advocacy work, and higher education programs need an updated book about community colleges to use a a basic text. Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College fulfills these needs by combining an analysis of the community college with critical perspectives and applied examples of issues and programs. This highly accessible book helps readers understand community colleges' missions, problems, and triumphs. The authors, who are both committed practitioners, extol the dream of community colleges and expose those parts that are yet unfulfilled. They tell the real story of community colleges using the research of their colleagues in the field to provide the most comprehensive and accurate picture of the contemporary state of community colleges.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742562929
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 239 x 164 x 30 mm

Community college trustees are a passionate force behind one of America's greatest innovations - the community college. Minding the Dream is a must-read for anyone in a position to effect change within communities and states, including higher education policymakers at all levels. -- J. Noah Brown, president and CEO, Association of Community College Trustees
The exceptional value of Minding the Dream is that it was written by insiders, giving us a relatively rare opportunity to hear from leaders who live the story they have written. They know the successes and they know the challenges firsthand. They are not afraid to address sensitive topics such as undocumented immigration and the failures of the U.S. education system from pre-kindergarten through graduate school, including those of community colleges. -- George R. Boggs, President, American Association of Community Colleges * From The Foreword *
Minding the Dream reminds us of our past successes, and it challenges us to take the essential steps necessary to advance the community college movement. Written by passionate and committed practitioners who understand the essence of community colleges, Minding the Dream should be required reading to assure deep understanding of our unique place in the educational system, not only for current leaders, but for those to whom we will pass the baton. -- Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College
This book picks up on a new set of issues on which the future of the communitiy college now seems to turn....Its vision and passion are appealing....Many of the chapters will be eye-openers for people not fully immersed in the community college world. * Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, September 2008 *
For 11.6 million students nationwide on over 1200 campuses, community colleges serve a uniquely valuable niche. They provide first-rate education to aspiring Americans, they grow the middle class and they energize our democracy. -- Senator Charles E. Schumer, D-New York

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