Fuel for your discussions
with colleagues and peers
Earlier this month, President
Obama made an announcement that community colleges should be made free to
students in good standing.
This idea evolved out of a proposal from
Tennessee, a state
that has been know for experimenting with the relationship between their
community college and university systems.
On the heels of that announcement, it seems like
a good time to reflect on some of the research out there related to community
college students and their transfer process to 4-year institutions. Clark, B. R. (1960). The"
cooling-out" function in higher education. American journal of Sociology, 569-576.
This article gives a historical context of how many university
administrators viewed the role junior and community colleges in the higher
education system. Many may say this is
an outdated view, but should still be understood because there may be lingering
affects of this view in our system and institutions today.
Center for Community
College Student Engagement. (2014). A matter of degrees: Practices to pathways
High-impact practices for community college student success.
Austin, TX: The
University of Texas at Austin, Program in Higher Education Leadership
This is a great resource of some the
effective practices that can help increase student success in community