Community Colleges and Global Counterparts as Evolving Forms
Community Colleges and Global Counterparts have emerged over time as educational pathways for the traditionally disenfranchised often described as racial and ethnic groups, women, poor people and the undereducated. They are talked about for their role in preparing an educated citizenry for participation in their community generally and the society specifically, training the workforce for participation in a globally dependent society, and in many communities as the last opportunity for people to improve their lives for a better standard of living for themselves and their families. Yet, many of these institutions are unable to meet their full potential because of underfunding, perceived low status, and inadequate staffing and leadership. To maximize their potential nationally and internationally, educational leaders, policy makers, and governments must employ sustained and measurable changes in the areas mentioned above to ensure student access, success and relevance in program offerings, policy development, and enforcement. This chapter focuses on the challenges, opportunities, and recommended strategies to elevate Community College and Counterparts to help them maximize their greater potential in form and substance that makes a difference in the world’s greatest asset, people.