Skip to main content

Forces Shaping Community College Missions: New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 180


£ 19.99


Forces Shaping Community College Missions: New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 180

Kristin Bailey Wilson (Editor), Regina L. Garza Mitchell (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-48768-5 January 2018 Jossey-Bass 104 Pages


Historically, community colleges have served societal and functional missions that expanded over time, with the result of trying to achieve multiple goals for multiple audiences. This volume explores the forces currently shaping community college missions and the resulting tension between stated goals, assumed goals, and achievement of those goals. In an era of increasing accountability, tighter coupling, and the need to do ever more with fewer resources, mission focus is vital to college survival.
Explore such issues as:
  • the unspoken social contract,
  • transfer,
  • developmental education,
  • noncredit education,
  • dual enrollment,
  • workforce development,
  • the free college movement, and
  • planning for the future.
    The topics are explored thoughtfully from both scholarly and practical perspectives, highlighting the forces that shape community college missions.

    This is the 180th volume of this Jossey-Bass quarterly report series. Essential to the professional libraries of presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today's open-door institutions, New Directions for Community Colleges provides expert guidance in meeting the challenges of their distinctive and expanding educational mission.
    Kristin Bailey Wilson, Regina L. Garza Mitchell

    1. Three Functions of the Community College Mission Statement 9
    David F. Ayers

    2. Social Justice and the Community College Mission 19
    Cynthia M. Heelan, Gail O. Mellow

    3. National Shifts in Adult Basic Education: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Ability to Benefit, and High School Equivalency Tests 27
    J. Cody Davidson

    4. The Evolving Transfer Mission and Student Mobility 37
    Christopher A. Baldwin

    5. Changing the Economy One Family at a Time: Dual Aims of Workforce Development 47
    Regina L. Garza Mitchell, James O. Sawyer, IV

    6. Noncredit Education: Specialized Programs to Meet Local Needs 57
    Mark M. D’Amico

    7. Free Community College and Merit Scholarships 67
    Lori Elliott Buchanan, Kristin Bailey Wilson

    8. Supporting the Mission Through Dual Enrollment 75
    Stephanie J. Jones

    9. Meeting the Challenges of Expanding Missions Through Strategic Planning 85
    David M. Hellmich, Greg J. Feeney

    10. Making Sense of Multiple Missions 95
    Marilyn J. Amey

    INDEX 99