The Academic Mission of Community Colleges: Structural Responses to the Expansion of Higher Education

This paper traces evidence of the impact of expansion on 15 colleges participating in CCRC's National Field Study, including changes in enrollments and demography, changes in structure with respect to the full-time faculty of the colleges, and evidence from interviews about how community colleges personnel see their institutions as changing to meet the evolving needs of society.

This paper was prepared for presentation for the paper session "Emerging Issues for Community Colleges" at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.