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Críticas: The Urgency of Now provides a welcome look at the most important issues facing community colleges: the critical role that student learning, changing demographics, competency-based efforts, faculty leadership, clear academic pathways, and emerging reform efforts will have on the needs of 21st century students and the college attainment agenda. -- William F. L. Moses, Managing Director, The Kresge Foundation Community colleges have found themselves much more center stage in current discourse about higher education, partly because of their access mission and their focus on career education, partly because of generally weak graduation rates. Unfortunately, proposals so far to improve the connection between access and completion have been half-hearted half-measures, like structured pathways to degrees, that are doomed to fail because they are based on traditional, already-failing structures and strategies. The Urgency of Now offers instead a radical rethinking of and solution for the access-completion conundrum. By suggesting a shift from credit-based to competency-based education, with concomitant new roles for faculty, students, and administrators, it offers a new way of looking at all of higher education. This important book should be read and debated throughout higher education, for it offers a thorough rethinking of what we do and who we are, and real solutions rather than half-measures. -- Robert Mundhenk, co-founder and past president, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education This book is a must read. It details just how the Community College is the key to rebuilding America's middle class. The authors focus on strategies for change as higher education must evolve in order to remain sustainable. One thing that will never change, and this book makes that clear, is the need for everyone in higher education to stay laser focus on ensuring the success of our students. Community College students are often the most complex in higher education and, as this book explains, institutional innovation and improvement will be critical to success of our students. -- Thomas J. Snyder, president, Ivy Tech Community College The authors of this provocative new book have cobbled together the primary issues facing the community college committed to placing learning first. Their message is fresh, and it is urgent. If you care about student success--read this book now! -- Terry O'Banion, President Emeritus, League for Innovation, Chair of Graduate Faculty, National American University The Urgency of Now: Equity and Excellence is a "must read" for community college trustees, presidents, academic leaders and especially those who teach and counsel our students. As the book well documents, the ideas advanced in this volume are not "new" to the higher education world. What is new is the reality of declining state and federal support for all of higher education, including community colleges. As I write today, we have just learned that the State of Arizona is providing "zero" funding or support to the state's three largest community colleges. This draconian trend will continue, so this book makes well the case of defined and discernable learning outcomes for students in all courses. More important, the pathway to that accomplishment is well documented. The past is clearly not the prologue for higher education. This book points to a new reality for our community colleges. -- John E. Roueche, president and Sid Richardson Regents Chair Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin

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