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Defending the Community College Equity Agenda


reviewed by Michael W. Kirst April 30, 2007

coverTitle: Defending the Community College Equity Agenda
Author(s): Thomas Bailey and Vanessa Smith Morest (Eds.)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801884470, Pages: 328, Year: 2006
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America’s 1,200 community colleges enroll nearly half of credit-earning undergraduates and first year students. However, scholarly attention to this growing postsecondary sector is dwarfed by research and publications concerning four-year institutions. Community colleges serve a disproportionate share of low-income students, including 79 percent of California’s Latino students. From 1990 to 2000, public four-year institutions grew by 3.5 percent, while public two-year enrollments grew by 14 percent. Defending the Community College Equity Agenda, edited by Thomas Bailey and Vanessa Smith Morest, is a timely book that addresses several key threats to the community college equity agenda. The co-editors have long and deep backgrounds through their leadership roles in the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, and only two of the ten chapters are authored by researchers unaffiliated with Teachers College. The book is filled with current statistics, trends, and citations that will be a bonanza for future scholars. It also analyzes... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 30, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14442, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 5:13:18 AM

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  • Michael Kirst
    Stanford University
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    MICHAEL W. KIRST is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. He is a faculty affiliate with the Department of Political Science and has a courtesy appointment with the Graduate School of Business. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975‑1982) and was its president from 1977 to 1981.
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