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Community College Rankings ~ and Libraries ~  in the News @ Your Library 

America’s Best Community Colleges: Why they’re better than some of the “best” four-year universities.  Kevin CareyWashington Monthly, June 2007.

In the higher education family, community colleges are typically regarded as the poor cousins. Big college guides like U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review devote few, if any, of their glossy pages to community colleges, while reporters and pundits for elite publications have little to say about them as well.... more

Community College Rankings.  Washington Monthly, June 2007.

Our methodology was designed to identify community colleges that excel in using teaching methods that researchers have linked to increased student achievement. We also wanted to identify colleges that are successful in helping students earn degrees. To that end, we relied on two sources: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), and graduation rate statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Education. ... more

CCSSE Responds to Community College Rankings.  August 23, 2007.

In response to recent articles (see above) that discuss and purport to rank community colleges, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) has confirmed two longstanding policies:  commitment to public reporting of survey results and opposition to the use of those results in ranking colleges.... more

Show Your Librarian Some Love.  Todd GilmanThe Chronicle of Higher Education. October 3, 2006.

Many academic librarians feel unloved and underappreciated on their campuses, and the main reason is that they sense they are viewed as second-class citizens by members of the teaching faculty.  Certainly that sentiment will not come as news to librarians. I wonder, though, to what extent teaching faculty members know how their library colleagues feel... more

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