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Breaking the Access Barriers: A Profile of Two-Year Colleges


by Michael Brick 1972

The community junior college is not a monolithic movement but, rather, a series of highly diverse two-year institutions populated by heterogeneous groups of students and faculty. To mention just a few of the variables, the institutions may be large, medium sized, or small; county controlled, church affiliated, or independent; focused upon a single curriculum or offering a veritable potpouiri of curricula; fifty-years-old or opened last week. Similarly, the students may be young or old; vocationally oriented, set upon transferring to a four-year institution, or only interested in self-improvement; well-to-do or frankly poor; WASP or Black. In fact, a community college student may be practically anyone at all. Faculty also show similar diversity. Some have Ph.D.'s, some no college degree at all; some come from teaching at four-year institutions, some from industry; most are committed to an idea of egalitarian education, but others think that the community college is diluting the standards of American higher education. While diverse, these institutions, students, and faculty do hold numerous traits in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 3, 1972, p. 460-462
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1625, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:27:06 PM

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