Community Colleges and the Access Effect

Why Open Admissions Suppresses Achievement

Authors: Scherer, J., Anson, M.

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About this book

Taking on the cherished principle that community colleges should be open to all students with a high school education, Scherer and Anson argue that open access policies and lenient federal financial aid laws harm students and present the case for raising the minimum requirements for community college entry.

About the authors

Author Juliet Lilledahl Scherer: Juliet Scherer is Professor of English at St. Louis Community College, USA. Author Mirra Leigh Anson: Mirra Anson is the Director of Upward Bound at the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, University of Iowa, USA.

Reviews

"Every reader will find this book provocative, many disturbing, and some heretical - all good reasons that every educator should read it. Scherer and Anson have opened to public discussion the most-talked-about, closed-door debate that is now occurring on community college campuses: who can legitimately benefit from higher education, how can colleges best use their resources to maximize educational achievement, and how can we better serve those for whom a college degree or certificate is not the best option? It is past time that these questions received open review, and Community Colleges and the Access Effect can serve as the perfect catalyst for this critical discussion." - Kent Farnsworth, President Emeritus, Crowder College, USA, and author of Grassroots School Reform

'A provocative and productive read in which the authors challenge the traditions and current conventions of open-access colleges, and sow the seeds of discourse and reform. Community Colleges and the Access Effect is well-researched and an invaluable resource for practitioners, leaders, and policymakers in developing a 'big picture' course for developmental education and community college improvement.' - D. Patrick Saxon, Associate Professor and Director, Developmental Education Administration Doctoral Program, Sam Houston State University, USA, and coauthor of Attaining Excellence in Developmental Education: Research-Based Recommendations for Administrators


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Scherer, Juliet Lilledahl (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Open Access in Higher Education

    Scherer, Juliet Lilledahl (et al.)

    Pages 7-18

  • The Trouble in Tucson

    Scherer, Juliet Lilledahl (et al.)

    Pages 19-25

  • The Price of Completion at Any Cost

    Scherer, Juliet Lilledahl (et al.)

    Pages 27-41

  • The Perils of Paying for Performance

    Scherer, Juliet Lilledahl (et al.)

    Pages 43-58

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Community Colleges and the Access Effect
Book Subtitle
Why Open Admissions Suppresses Achievement
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Juliet Lilledahl Scherer and Mirra Leigh Anson
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33100-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137331007
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-33600-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-33601-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 260
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