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The Community College

Title: To Be Honest: Championing Academic Integrity in Community Colleges
Author: Karen Clos Bleeker
APA: Bleekr, K.C. (2008). To be honest: Championing academic integrity in community colleges. Washington, DC: American Association of Community Colleges.
Status: Available

Academic dishonesty is not new under the sun, but any review of the research or the media shows that its prevalence is on the rise and that it threatens loss of public confidence in academia—a loss that higher education institutions, particularly community colleges, can ill afford at a time when the costs of education are increasing while both federal and public funding are decreasing. In this much-needed book, Karèn Clos Bleeker takes a comprehensive, well-researched, and thought-provoking look at the issue of academic dishonesty:

What is it and why does it happen? What are its effects, and why is it essential to address them?How prevalent is it is?What has been done to address it, and what else should or can be done?

The author provides numerous concrete examples—positive and negative—resources, and recommendations to help community colleges take the measures needed to ensure academic integrity on their campuses.

Title: Discounted Dreams: High Hopes and Harsh Realities at America
Author: Carrie Glasser and Shae Isaacs
APA: Glasser, C., & Isaacs, S. (Producer). (2007). Discoutned dreams: High hopes and harsh realities at America

Desc: Community colleges are the fastest growing—and some say most vital—segment of American higher education. With low tuition and flexible scheduling, community colleges provide an array of classes and job training to 12 million students nationwide. But today community colleges are facing greater challenges than ever: more students with more needs, chronic underfunding, and an open-door admission policy that too often becomes a revolving door. Less than half of community college students will complete a degree, earn certification, or transfer to a four-year institution.

In DISCOUNTED DREAMS, veteran correspondent John Merrow explores the contradictions of these colorful institutions. He'll introduce you to a single mother who wants to e a veterinarian, a young art student who hopes to transfer to a four-year university, a carpenter who needs a new career, and a former gang member trying to turn his life around. All four have pinned their hopes on community college. But will they succeed?

Title: Rules of the Game: How State Policy Creates Barriers to Degree Completion and Impedes Student Success in the California Community Colleges
Author: Nancy Shulock and Colleen Moore
Status: Available

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Title: Beyond the Open Door: Increasing Student Success in the California Community Colleges
Author: Colleen Moore, Nancy Shulock, Miguel Ceja, and David M. Lang
Status: Available

Desc: In a policy brief released in February 2007, titled Rules of the Game, we presented data indicating that rates of completing certificates, degrees and transfers to universities in the California Community Colleges (CCC) are low. More importantly, we concluded that low completion is part due to state policies which have produced barriers to the CCC's ability to better foster student success and completion. This report presents more in-depth results of those analyses and offers recommendations for policy reforms aimed at improving student success. Another institute report, due to release later this year, will describe how state finance policies for the CCC contribute to low completion and will offer additional suggestions for policy reform.

Title: The Community College Story
Author: George B. Vaughan
APA: Vaughan, G.B. (2006). The community college story (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Community College Press.
Status: Available # of copies : 5

Desc: In the more than decade since The Community College Story was first published, higher education in general and community colleges in particular have faced an array of new challenges. Broad demographic shifts across the nation, urgent and changing workforce needs, and the need to respond to both business and societal needs in what is now a global economy and a world culture are key among them. During this decade of dramatic change, community colleges have not only met these challenges effectively but they have also continued to progress in the midst of growing enrollments and declining resources. What sustains the continued success of community colleges even while the landscape has shifted is that the fundamental mission has not changed: Community colleges continue to offer open, affordable access to higher education, regardless of the vagaries of the economy; provide comprehensive services that benefit not just the individual student but also whole communities; and, foremost, maintain an unswerving commitment to teaching and learning.

Title: Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges
Author: The Center for Student Success
Status: Available # of Copies: 2

In 2004, the California Community College System Office began a comprehensive strategic planning process for the purpose of improving student access and success. On January 17, 2006, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges unanimously adopted the final draft of the strategic plan. The plan includes five strategic goal areas: college awareness and access; student success and readiness; partnerships for economic and workforce development; system effectiveness; and resource development.

Title: Californias Community Colleges Annual Report Fiscal Year 2006-07
Author: Economic and Workforce Development Program
Status: Available

Desc: The California Community College Economic and Workforce Development Program (EWD Program or Program) continues to lead the State in economic development delivery—serving small business, strategic sectors and regions and conducting studies on new emerging areas such as nanotech, digital manufacturing, new subsectors of biotechnologies, intelligent transportation systems, the service sector and international trade. The program has demonstrated a history of revenue generation and return on investment in a variety of ways. This report tells the story of the wide range of customers and beneficiaries of the Program, as well as outputs and outcomes of the Program. Section II of the report contains a variety of EWD Program outputs, outcomes, and impacts. Please note that there are several new features in the report that help to illuminate the various services and impacts, including vignettes called 'Affected Lives' as well as 'Case Studies'.

Title: Californias Community College Students
Author: Ria Sengupta and Christopher Jepsen
APA: Sengupta, R., & Jepsen, C. (2006). California
Status: Available # of Copies: 2

Desc: # of copies: 2

Title: The College Fear Factor: How Students and Professors Misunderstand One Another
Author: Rebecca D. Cox
APA: The President and Fellows of Harvard College (2009). First Harvard University Press paperback edition, 2011.
Status: Available # of Copies: 6

Desc: Eye-opening even for experienced faculty and administrators, The College Fear Factor reveals how the traditional college culture can actually pose obstacles to students’ success, and suggests strategies for effectively explaining academic expectations.

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