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"Emerging role of community colleges" is a podcast interview with Walter Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). According to Bumphus, community colleges are increasingly an important sector of postsecondary education as most college students attend college while working, and are looking for local education opportunities and job training. Bumphus emphasizes community college leaders are enthusiastic in helping to achieve President Obama’s 2020 goals for higher education and discusses the 21st Century Commission for the Future of Community Colleges and their report, Reclaiming the American Dream, which serves as a blueprint for how community colleges can meet these ambitious goals. Furthermore, Bumphus strongly advocates the need for community college leaders to seek partnerships with business leaders to meet the changing demands of the workforce, K-12 partners to prepare students for college, and four-year institutions in order to streamline the transfer-of-credit process.

Interview facilitation, commentary and discussion presented by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed.

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Radio Higher Ed, LLC

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Copyright © 2012 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

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The mission and purpose OF AACC and how it seeks to improve higher education in the U.S. (2:21)

RadioHigherEd008F002.mp3 (1416 kB)
The changing role of community colleges toward student success and completion (1:30)

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The role of community colleges in a troubled economy (2:42)

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Innovations that permit broader access with fewer resources (3:02)

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Have community colleges responded to calls for greater accountability for outcomes and student success? (5:06)

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Student engagement in the community college sector (1:23)

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The role of community colleges in workforce preparation and closing the skills gap (7:41)

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Reactions to the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges (4:34)

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Community Colleges AND K-12 partnerships can improve college readiness (1:34)

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Analysis (13:10)