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Community College Governing Boards

Community college governing boards are the entities that lead and control more than 1,100 institutions in the United States. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that approximately 73% of community colleges are public, 18% are private for-profit, and 9% are private nonprofit institutions. The American Association of Community Colleges describes its members as sharing missions that focus on 2-year degree or certificate programs, preparing more than 12 million students for entry into the workforce or into university programs. Community college governing boards are responsible for maintaining operational licensures at the state level, requisite accreditation as delegated by the U.S. Department of Education for access to federal financial aid funds, and requisite professional accreditation standards for specialized academic programs. This entry describes the composition of ...

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