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This timely volume addresses the urgent need for new strategies and better ways to serve community colleges' present and future students at a time of rapid diversification, not just racially and ethnically, but including such groups as the undocumented, international students, older adult learners and veterans, all of whom come with varied levels of academic and technical skills.The contributing researchers, higher education faculty, college presidents, and community college administrators provide thorough understanding of student groups who have received scant attention in the higher education literature. They address the often unconscious barriers to access and persistence our institutions have erected and describe emerging strategies, frameworks, and pilot projects that can ease students' transition into college and through the maze of the college experience to completion.They offer advice on organisational culture, on defining institutional outcomes, on aligning shifting demographics with the multiple missions of the community college, on strengthening the collaboration of student and academic affairs to leverage their respective roles and resources, and on engaging with the opportunities afforded by technology.Divided into three parts - understanding today's community college campuses; supporting today's community college learners; and specialised populations and communities - this book offers a vision and solutions that should inform the work of faculty, administrators, presidents, and board members.
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Lisa S. Kelsay is the Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts/Directors of Academic Arts at Moraine Valley Community College (IL). In addition, she is also a part-time instructor in education at Moraine Valley Community College and an adjunct professor in the Graduate School at Kaplan University.

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-Once in a while, a book forces us to reconsider the fundamentals of our practices and that book is Working with Students in Community Colleges. This volume fills a void in the current literature and is a must read for anyone struggling to understand the current dilemmas in community colleges. It will inform and prepare graduate students in higher education administration, counseling, and student affairs programs. Faculty and graduate students can build on research questions introduced in this volume. This volume is an indispensable tool in the administrator's toolkit and will be well used as we go boldly into the future.---Stephanie R. Bulger, District Vice Chancellor of Educational Affairs -This is a valuable resource that will help readers to understand community colleges and the needs and characteristics of their students as well as help to gauge how agile and responsive these colleges are to demands and changes.These chapters provide a timely and valuable resource for the array of professionals working to adapt and evolve their practices in an exciting and challenging time for community colleges. The comprehensive treatment of institutional operations and student progress makes this reading an important resource for practitioners, administrators, and faculty. In addition, this book provides insightful strategies and recommendations for strengthening student services and identifying internal and external barriers for change and partnerships.If you embrace our responsibility to serve the community college student sector effectively, you will turn the pages of this book with the realization that it is a necessary instrument for the community college professional's toolbox.---Susan Salvador, Vice President of Student Services -This book sheds light on multiple areas in which America's community colleges are being shaped by themultitude of missions (academic, political, social, economic) continually assigned to them. Administrators, faculty, and professional staff at any institution of higher education as well as city, county, state, and federalofficials who are invested in higher education in their locale would do well to read this book to learn how tounderstand, support, and look closer at students in their community.---Reflective Teaching, Wabash Center "Once in a while, a book forces us to reconsider the fundamentals of our practices and that book is Working with Students in Community Colleges. This volume fills a void in the current literature and is a must read for anyone struggling to understand the current dilemmas in community colleges. It will inform and prepare graduate students in higher education administration, counseling, and student affairs programs. Faculty and graduate students can build on research questions introduced in this volume. This volume is an indispensable tool in the administrator's toolkit and will be well used as we go boldly into the future."--Stephanie R. Bulger, District Vice Chancellor of Educational Affairs "This is a valuable resource that will help readers to understand community colleges and the needs and characteristics of their students as well as help to gauge how agile and responsive these colleges are to demands and changes.These chapters provide a timely and valuable resource for the array of professionals working to adapt and evolve their practices in an exciting and challenging time for community colleges. The comprehensive treatment of institutional operations and student progress makes this reading an important resource for practitioners, administrators, and faculty. In addition, this book provides insightful strategies and recommendations for strengthening student services and identifying internal and external barriers for change and partnerships.If you embrace our responsibility to serve the community college student sector effectively, you will turn the pages of this book with the realization that it is a necessary instrument for the community college professional's toolbox."--Susan Salvador, Vice President of Student Services "This book sheds light on multiple areas in which America's community colleges are being shaped by themultitude of missions (academic, political, social, economic) continually assigned to them. Administrators, faculty, and professional staff at any institution of higher education as well as city, county, state, and federalofficials who are invested in higher education in their locale would do well to read this book to learn how tounderstand, support, and look closer at students in their community."--Reflective Teaching, Wabash Center Once in a while, a book forces us to reconsider the fundamentals of our practices and that book is Working with Students in Community Colleges. This volume fills a void in the current literature and is a must read for anyone struggling to understand the current dilemmas in community colleges. It will inform and prepare graduate students in higher education administration, counseling, and student affairs programs. Faculty and graduate students can build on research questions introduced in this volume. This volume is an indispensable tool in the administrator s toolkit and will be well used as we go boldly into the future. --Stephanie R. Bulger, District Vice Chancellor of Educational Affairs" This is a valuable resource that will help readers to understand community colleges and the needs and characteristics of their students as well as help to gauge how agile and responsive these colleges are to demands and changes.These chapters provide a timely and valuable resource for the array of professionals working to adapt and evolve their practices in an exciting and challenging time for community colleges. The comprehensive treatment of institutional operations and student progress makes this reading an important resource for practitioners, administrators, and faculty. In addition, this book provides insightful strategies and recommendations for strengthening student services and identifying internal and external barriers for change and partnerships.If you embrace our responsibility to serve the community college student sector effectively, you will turn the pages of this book with the realization that it is a necessary instrument for the community college professional s toolbox. --Susan Salvador, Vice President of Student Services"

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