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Professor CJ – Considering Community College? – Part 1 of 2 [PODCAST #601]

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Part One: Structural/Political Problems With Community College

CJ Kilmer is a college history professor and the host of the acclaimed The Dangerous History Podcast.

A couple weeks ago CJ expressed some frustration about his teaching job on Facebook - it included the word "soul-crushing" - and I saw it as an opportunity to connect over similar experiences.

It's also an opportunity to share with you a long-form discussion on community college. The conversation is divided into two parts; today we'll cover the institutional problems and the next installment will focus on current student and cultural challenges.

Reduction in the variety of community college course offerings

-reduced relationship cultivation with students
-2008-2017 saw 30% drop in BA degrees in history
-Since 2008 recession students have been shifting away from humanities

The problem with online classes in community college

-online classes exacerbate existing school problems
-professor attitudes on online vs. face-to-face teaching
-many students are unrealistic about their learning styles
-five studies on online classes aren't promising for community college students, even though that segment needs more convenience and flexibility
-almost half of the nation’s undergraduates are in community college

State college funding issues: increasing emphasis on quantitative data, outcomes, performance-based funding

-unintended consequences of bean-counting
-explanations of incremental and formula funding
-twelve quantitative evaluations of state performance-based funding show little positive impact
-why high-stakes performance incentives don't work in complex organizations

Look Closer

CJ's Site and The Dangerous History Podcast

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