Who Is College for, Anymore? The Future of Public Education

About half of undergraduates in the United States attend a community colleges, institutions that simultaneously serve multiple challenging populations with very different purposes for attending: First-time college-goers, often the first generation in their families to go to college; adult learners seeking to up-skill or re-train for career advancement; and adult learners seeking personal enrichment. Leading community colleges have strong records of partnering with employers so their students graduate with workforce-ready skills, have developed unique systems of professional development for faculty in teaching, and are masters of doing more with less, so they can manage the social cost of educating students. What can traditional and selective colleges learn from these pragmatic institutions of higher learning?

Festival: 2014

Watch and Listen: Education

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