Community Colleges as a Passion for the Possible
October 27, 2009, 5:00 PM
Jurow Lecture Hall
Silver Center, 1st Floor
100 Washington Square East
Community colleges play a vital role in our nation's higher education system. They currently educate nearly half of all undergraduates, provide vocational and occupational training, offer basic skills and ESL programs, and support local community economic growth and development. But community colleges have been chronically underfunded, seriously undermining their ability to sustain acceptable graduation rates, hire and retain full-time faculty, or improve academic programs.
Appointed in 2000, Gail Mellow presides over one of the nation's most diverse community colleges, with enrollment of 50,000 students from 163 different countries and speaking over 119 different languages. A community college graduate herself, Dr. Mellow is the co-author of three books, including the recently published Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College, and more than thirty articles on community colleges, economic development, diversity, faculty development, job training, and pedagogical innovation.