CHAPTER 3

Bringing T to Community Colleges

Lucia M. Elden1

Abstract

Recently, community colleges have become of interest to parents and politicians, in addition to employers. Community colleges are often seen either as a vocational training site, where students begin to develop the “deep” of the T-shape, and a starting place for a college education, where they begin to develop “broad” competencies. In this chapter, I explore two questions that are particularly pertinent to community colleges and those who teach first year students: how early should education begin to cultivate a T-shaped mindset for students, and how can the T-shape facilitate transformational change of education to create graduates and lifelong learners? This can be done ...

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