Practitioners and researchers alike are hard–pressed to keep abreast of rapidly changing expectations for and from community colleges. Using literature and research to inform practice has many advantages. The intent of this issue is twofold: first, to review recent research on topics of importance, highlighting consensus and contradictions in the literature, and second, to identify critical challenges community colleges face and present practical options for meeting them that are supported by the findings in the literature.
This is the 117th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Community Colleges.
1. Literature on Community Colleges: An Overview (Trudy H. Bers, Harriott D. Calhoun).
2. Transfer Rates: A Problematic Criterion for Measuringthe Community College (Barbara K. Townsend).
3. Contemporary Vocational Models and Programs: What theResearch Tells Us (Debra D. Bragg).
4. Remediation at the Community College: Pressing Issues,Uncertain Solutions (Betsy Oudenhoven).
5. English as a Second Language at the Community College:An Exploration of Context and Concerns (Amy J. Blumenthal).
6. Assessing Student Learning Outcomes (Jeffrey A. Seybert).
7. Challenges in Supporting Student Learning and SuccessThrough Student Services (Terry E. Williams).
8. Community College Faculty and Professional Staff:The Human Resource Challenge (Kim Gibson–Harman, Sandria Rodriguez, Jennifer Grant Haworth).
9. State Governance Patterns for Community Colleges (Cheryl D. Lovell, Catherine Trouth).
10. Key Literature.