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Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation's Future

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Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation's Future

In the summer of 2011, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) launched a the 21st-Century Initiative. The overall goal of the initiative is to educate an additional 5 million students with degrees, certificates, or other credentials by 2020. Grounded in the enduring commitment of community colleges to improving the lives of students through opportunity and excellence, the initiative, unfolded in two phases.


In Phase 1, a listening tour, AACC staff gathered information from across the nation on student access, institutional accountability, budget constraints, big ideas for the future, and what AACC can do for its members.


The Report on the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges represents Phase 2 of the AACC effort. The Commission was asked both to safeguard the fundamental mission of the community college—ensuring that millions of diverse and often underserved students attain a high-quality college education—and to challenge community colleges to imagine a new future for themselves, to ensure the success of our students, our institutions, and our nation.


This report, Reclaiming the American Dream, is but the beginning of the community college transformation story.


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8.5 x 11 softcover

40 pages

Product Code #1646

List Price:$15.00
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