The Truman Commission created the modern community college in 1947 to democratize our system of higher education in America. Before this moment, higher education was thoroughly segregated by race, class, and gender. The modern open-admissions two-year college cannot, therefore, be understood simply as a convenient, low-cost alternative to four-year colleges. It is—by mission and mandate—a social justice institution.
“Democracy’s Unfinished Business”: Rethinking How We Prepare Teachers of English
Patrick Sullivan teaches English at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. He is the 2011 recipient of the Nell Ann Pickett Service Award for outstanding service to the two-year college. He is the author of A New Writing Classroom and Economic Inequality, Neoliberalism, and the American Community College (2017). He is editor of 16 Teachers Teaching (2020) and coeditor, with Howard Tinberg, of What Is “College-Level” Writing? (2006) and, with Howard Tinberg and Sheridan Blau, of What Is “College-Level” Writing? Volume 2 (2010) and Deep Reading: Teaching Reading in the Writing Classroom (2017), which was awarded the 2019 CCCC Outstanding Book Award for Edited Collection.
Patrick Sullivan; “Democracy’s Unfinished Business”: Rethinking How We Prepare Teachers of English. Pedagogy 1 January 2021; 21 (1): 55–81. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-8692632
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