Do Community Colleges Respond to Local Needs? Evidence from California Do Community Colleges Respond to Local Needs? Evidence from California
Duane E. Leigh and Andrew M. Gill
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219 pp. 2007
$40.00 cloth 978-0-88099-328-9
$18.00 paper 978-0-88099-327-2

The role of American community colleges has evolved to include providing basic adult education and serving an economic development role by implementing training programs that assist in retaining existing employers and attracting new ones. Have these expanded efforts addressed their constituents' requirements or are community colleges failing to be as responsive as they need to be? Leigh and Gill use data from California's community college system to address this question.

"This book provides a clear discussion of community colleges' mission and a penetrating analysis of the ways in which several factors—most notably, ethnic composition and number of campuses per district—can affect their ability to fulfill that mission. It is well worth reading for anyone who wishes to understand the challenges facing those vitally important educational institutions." –Industrial and Labor Relations Review

A "Noteworthy Book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics, 2007" – Industrial Relations Section, Princeton University