History of the community college

This timeline highlights some of the milestones contributing to the history of the community college.

Institutions

This layer shows when different colleges and organizations were created.

Harvard

1636

Harvard University became the first institution of higher learning in the British American colonies.

University of Berlin

1810

The University of Berlin was founded by Wilhelm von Humboldt and became the model for the modern research university.

Columbian School

1823

The Columbian School was founded in Concord, VT and was the first normal school in the country, preparing students to become teachers.

MA Board of Education

1837

The MA Board of Education was founded as the first such institution in the USA.

Joliet Junior College

1901

The Joliet Junior College was founded in Chicago. It was an annex to the Joliet High School and was the first institution to be named a junior college. It was the work of William Rainey Harper, president of the University of Chicago, and J. Stanley Brown, principal of Joliet High School.

AACC

1920

The American Association of Junior Colleges was founded, later changing the name to American Association of Community Colleges.

Kellog Junior College Leadership Program

1960

League for Innovation

1968

The League for Innovation in the Community College was founded as a place to share ideas and promote best practices.

Information Technology Council

1977

This group was founded as an AACC initiative and now primarily helps support distance education.

MIT OpenCourseWare

2001

MIT began offering free access to lectures and courses.

Achieving the Dream

2004

Khan Academy

2006

Salmon Khan created the Khan academy which offers free online tutorials in a variety of subjects.

Straighter Line

2009

This company began offering low cost online classes in 2009.

Thiel fellowship

2011

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thieil offered 20 select students $100,000 a year to drop of out what he called a broken system of higher education to pursue entrepreneurial activity full time.

Coursera

2012

Company offering free online classes

TED ED

2012

TED began offering "lessons worth sharing" and the ability to turn any Youtube video onto a lesson.

edX

2012

Harvard and MIT partnered to offer free online classes in the fall of 2012, and have now been joined by Berkeley.

Udacity

2012

Udacity began offering 11 free online courses in 2012. This is an outgrowth of classes that had been offered for free at Stanford. It follows the MOOC model - Massive Open Online Class.

MacArthur badges

3/1/2012

The MacArthur Foundation announced the winners of a contest to design digital badges as a means of credentialing learning.

Governance

This layer shows when laws and regulations were passed.

1st Morrill Land Grant Act

1862

2nd Morrill Land Grant Act

1890

CA Law

1907

The California legislature authorized high schools to teach post-secondary classes.

North Central Assoc.

1917

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was the first junior college organization to set accreditation requirements.

CA Junior College Act

1917

GI Bill

1944

Congress passed the GI Bill providing funding for returning troops to go to college and beginning an age of mass-education.

Florida ex rel. Hawkins v. Board of Control

1956

This Supreme Court decision began the elimination of segregation in the United States' system of higher education.

CA CC system

1960

California passed the Master Plan for Higher Education in California that created a 3-tiered system of higher education and the first statewide community college system in the nation.

Institutional effectiveness

1984

This was the year SACS became the first accrediting body to add institutional effectiveness to the requirements for re-affirmation.

American Graduation Initiative

2009

This is the program launched by the Obama administration with $2 billion in funding with the aim of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. It was announced during his first state of the union address.

Technology

These are some of the important technological changes that have affected the community college.

PC

1982

The personal computer was made available around this time and was named the 1982 "machine of the year" by Time magazine.

World Wide Web

11/12/1990

English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee and Belgian computer scientist Robert Cailliau submitted a proposal to CERN, the European research organization, for what would become the world wide web.

Web CT

1996

Canadian educational technologist Murray Goldberg created Web CT as the first online learning management system.

Google

9/4/1998

The popular internet search engine company has expanded into many more products such as Gmail, News, Sites, Maps, and Plus.

Wikipedia

1/15/2001

The free, open, online encyclopedia began and now has more than 4,000,000 articles in English. It has revolutionized access to information.

Facebook

2/4/2004

The world's most popular social network now has over 955 million users.

YouTube

2/14/2005

This video-sharing website has helped millions of users upload their personal videos and provided a network to see videos from a variety of sources. It was purchased by Google in 2006.

Twitter

3/21/2006

The popular micro-blogging site began this year and now has over 500 million users and receives over 1.6 billion search requests a day.

iPhone

2007

While not the first Smartphone, the iPhone pushed a revolution in mobile technology based on specific applications.

Commentary

Here are some quotes and publications that have had an affect on the development of community colleges.

Report on the state of public instruction in Prussia

1834

Sarah Austin translated a report in French written by Victor Cousin.

Tenure

1915

The American Association of University Professors issued the 'Declarations and Principles of Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure."

Alexis Lange

1918

In a speech called "The junior college - what manner of child shall this be?", Berkley English professor Alexis Lange said that the junior college would be a preparatory school and a finish school for vocational education.

Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education

1918

This report was published by the Bureau of Education. It argued that schools should be controlled by educational and political leaders and be used as a socializing instrument.

Leonard Koos

1925

Leonard Koos wrote "The Junior College Movement" and said that in addition to preparing students for the university, the junior college would "round out" the education of students "who will not, cannot or should not go on".

Ray Lyman Wilbur

1927

The president of Stanford, Ray Lyman Wilbur, said "...while serving as a trying-out place for the youth of the country, the junior college, by relieving the university of the elementary work of the first two years, can set the American university free to carry out its own great purposes."

Junior College Journal

1930

The Junior College Journal began publication out of Stanford University.

Sheldon Hayden

1939

Sheldon Hayden wrote "Junior College as a Community Institution" and advocated for junior colleges to be more supportive of community needs in this book. He said that the comprehensive community-oriented mission was a democratic imperative.

Walter Crosby Eells

1941

"Why Junior College Terminal Education?" was a report published by the AACJ argued that more students should receive terminal education at junior colleges for semiprofessional jobs. Walter Crosby Eells wrote: "It would be unwise and unfortunate if all these [junior college students] tried to enter a university and prepare for professions which in most cases are already overcrowded, and for which their talents and abilities in many cases do not fit them."

Truman Commission

1947

The Truman Commission published a report called "Higher Education for Democracy" which among other things called for increased enrollment in community colleges. "It would be an institution to promote democracy, social mobility and economic development."

Jesse Bogue

1950

"The Community College" was written by Jesse Bogue and began to popularize the name "community college" that had also been used by the Truman Commission. He argued that the most important mission was "service primarily to the people of the community".

Burton Clark

1960

This University of Berkeley sociologist said that community colleges served to cool out students who lacked the social and economic capital to succeed.

Leland Medsker

1960

Leland Medsker, vice chairman of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Berkley wrote "The Junior College Progress and Prospect". He thought that while seemed to be structured in a way that prevented success for academically unprepared and lower SES students. He also thought that many community college students were too ambitious.

Edmund Glazer

1968

AAJC executive director Edmund Glazer wrote "This is the Community College" to popularize the open-door, comprehensive community college. He argued that the primary mission was the democratization of higher education.

"The Open Door Colleges"

1970

The report by the Carnegie Commission argued that the rapid expansion of the community colleges in the 1960s needed to continue.

"A Nation at Risk"

1983

"A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform" was the report produced by President Reagan's National Commission on Excellence in Education. It said "the educational foundations of our nation or presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threaten our very future as a Nation and a people."

Brint and Karabel

1989

Steven Brint and Jerome Karabel wrote "the Diverted Dream: Community college and the promise of educational opportunity in America, 1900-1985". This was a New Left critique that reiterated Clark's idea of the cooling out function or diversion affect and claimed the the community college helped to legitimize this function of a hierarchically arranged system of American education.

Kevin Daugherty

1994

Kevin Daugherty wrote "the Contradictory College".

Tagg and Barr

1995

John Tagg and Robert Barr wrote "From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education" which began a shift towards a focus on learning rather than teaching or on learning outcomes rather than the inputs.

W. Norton Grubb

1999

W. Norton Grubb and Associates wrote "Honored but Invisible: An inside look at teaching in community colleges" after conducting the first comprehensive study of the practice of teaching in the community college. They found that teachers are so overloaded that it is difficult for them to find time and resources to improve their teaching style.

"Assessment Framework"

2004

The League for Innovation in the Community College published a white paper called "An Assessment Framework for the Community College."

"In the Basement of the Ivory Tower"

2008

An anonymous adjunct English instructor, Professor X, argued that college is not for everyone.

Uncollege

2010

Dale Stephens dropped out of Hendrix College to start "Uncollege" where he is listed as chief educational deviant. Uncollege offers advice on educational alternatives to college.

White House Summit

10/7/2010

The White House held a summit on the Community College

Edupunks

2011

Journalist Anya Kamenitz wrote Edupunks' guide to a DIY credential.

Statistics

What do the numbers tell us?

25

1910

There were 25 junior colleges in the U.S. in 1910.

5%

1910

Only 5% of of the 19-22 population was enrolled in higher education.

325

1927

There were 325 junior colleges in the U.S. in 1927.

575

1939

There were 575 junior colleges in the U.S. in 1939.

900

1967

In 1967 over 900 community colleges enrolled about 1.7 million students.

1,091

1970

There were 1,091 junior colleges in the U.S. in 1970.

47

2007

47 states had adopted a system for reporting performance data for community colleges.

About 50%

2012

Almost 50% of first time undergraduates begin their post-secondary career at a community college.

World events

These are other major events in the world that have had an affect on the the development of American education and the community college.

Sputnink

1957

The Soviets send a satellite into space causing the U.S. to drastically increase spending on science education.

The Great Recession

2007 - 2009