Studying Students Moving into Higher Education . . . to a Community College?!
by Timothy Leinbach — August 19, 2005
This commentary uses the recent monograph by Clifford Adelman, "Moving Into Town – And Moving On: The Community College in the Lives of Traditional-age Students" as a starting point for a discussion of the increasingly important role played by community colleges in American higher education. We discuss three myths about community colleges that are dispelled by Adelman's research: 1) They serve a small proportion of the higher education population; 2) They serve the losers in the race to higher education; and 3) They fail to get their students either to complete degrees or to transfer to four-year colleges. We point out areas for investigation at community colleges not addressed by Adelman that remain important to pursue in light of changing demographics and new patterns of student postsecondary enrollment in this country.
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