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Community Colleges, Diversity Issues

The population of underrepresented minorities in the United States continues to grow while the population of Whites is decreasing. This trend indicates that student enrollments in higher education will also maintain a steady increase of underrepresented students. The American community college system encompasses more than 1,100 institutions and enrolls more than 10 million students representing various ethnic groups, academic backgrounds, economic statuses, and ages. Enrollment projections indicate that community colleges will continue to be the higher education institution of choice for minority students. This entry examines two dominant issues with respect to diversity in community colleges in the United States: student diversity and the diversity of the faculty and administration.

Overview of U.S. Community Colleges

The first junior college was founded in Joliet, Illinois, in 1901 with ...

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