EOL 573 - The Community College

This course provides an overview of how various types of two-year postsecondary institutions, primarily comprehensive community colleges, have evolved and how they function. Themes running through the course address policies, trends, issues, and innovations influencing the evolution and current operation of community colleges from the 20th century to the present. Beginning with a brief history of community colleges, the course offers content dealing with foundations, governance and administration, curriculum, faculty, students, and student outcomes. The course also offers a critical examination of community colleges, considering their strengths and weaknesses within the broader context of P-16 education.