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Minding the Dream

The Process and Practice of the American Community College

Gail O. Mellow and Cynthia M. Heelan

Community college leaders need honest information about what's working in the community college and need to be challenged about the things that are not. State Legislatures and Congress need updated facts to assist them in making wise funding decisions. Community college advocates need updated information to assist them in their advocacy work, and higher education programs need an updated book about community colleges to use a a basic text.

Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College fulfills these needs by combining an analysis of the community college with critical perspectives and applied examples of issues and programs. This highly accessible book helps readers understand community colleges' missions, problems, and triumphs.

The authors, who are both committed practitioners, extol the dream of community colleges and expose those parts that are yet unfulfilled. They tell the real story of community colleges using the research of their colleagues in the field to provide the most comprehensive and accurate picture of the contemporary state of community colleges.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Amer Council Ed Ace (Post Acq)
Pages: 352Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
978-0-7425-6292-9 • Hardback • January 2008 • $62.00 • (£42.95)
Gail O. Mellow is president of LaGuardia Community College. She serves on several national higher education boards and commissions, including the American Association for Higher Education, the American Council on Education, and the American Association for Community Colleges.

Cynthia Heelan is the former president of Colorado Mountain College. She is the president of Cynthia Heelan & Associates, an educational consultancy group, and an adjunct faculty member at the Fielding Graduate University.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Introduction
Part 3 Part I: Process
Chapter 4 Chapter 1. An Overview of the American Community College
Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Community Colleges: Private Benefit or Public Good?
Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Financing Community Colleges
Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Measuring Community College Effectiveness
Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Governance
Chapter 9 Chapter 6. A Changed Pedagogy
Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Leadership to Guide the Dream
Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Global Adaptations: International Implications of the American Community College Model
Part 12 Part II: Practice
Chapter 13 Chapter 9. Developmental Studies
Chapter 14 Chapter 10. The Transfer Experience
Chapter 15 Chapter 11. Economic and Workforce Development
Chapter 16 Chapter 12. English as a Second Language
Chapter 17 Chapter 13. Programmatic Challenges of Diverse Demographics
Chapter 18 Summary: Minding the Dream
Chapter 19 Bibliography
Chapter 20 Index
Community college trustees are a passionate force behind one of America's greatest innovations — the community college. Minding the Dream is a must-read for anyone in a position to effect change within communities and states, including higher education policymakers at all levels.
J. Noah Brown, president and CEO, Association of Community College Trustees

The exceptional value of Minding the Dream is that it was written by insiders, giving us a relatively rare opportunity to hear from leaders who live the story they have written. They know the successes and they know the challenges firsthand. They are not afraid to address sensitive topics such as undocumented immigration and the failures of the U.S. education system from pre-kindergarten through graduate school, including those of community colleges.
George R. Boggs, President, American Association of Community Colleges; From The Foreword

Minding the Dream reminds us of our past successes, and it challenges us to take the essential steps necessary to advance the community college movement. Written by passionate and committed practitioners who understand the essence of community colleges, Minding the Dream should be required reading to assure deep understanding of our unique place in the educational system, not only for current leaders, but for those to whom we will pass the baton.
Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College

This book picks up on a new set of issues on which the future of the communitiy college now seems to turn....Its vision and passion are appealing....Many of the chapters will be eye-openers for people not fully immersed in the community college world.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, September 2008

For 11.6 million students nationwide on over 1200 campuses, community colleges serve a uniquely valuable niche. They provide first-rate education to aspiring Americans, they grow the middle class and they energize our democracy.
Senator Charles E. Schumer, D-New York