Theory, Practice, and Change
Chapter Two: Historical Legacy of Community Colleges
HISTORICAL LEGACY OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES
This chapter provides an overview of the history of the junior-community college with primary focus given to its origins. In doing so, this chapter will include the following: (a) an examination of social and philosophical forces that led to the development of the junior college;(b) an overview of the individuals who promoted its creation, specifically William Rainey Harper; and (c) a historical snapshot of the development of the junior/community college through seven periods.
When reading this chapter, consider the following questions:
•What social and philosophical forces spawned the development of the junior/community college? What evidence, if any, is there of these forces existing in your institution? How do these forces influence leadership practice?
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