Conference 2018

Schedule at a Glance
Full Schedule Coming March 19, 2018



This year marks the 60th anniversary of CSCC. Indeed, 60 years is a significant milestone for any organization. The 60th year is given special importance by Chinese people who believe that it signifies a full cycle of life. This milestone is typically celebrated with festivities, abundant food, and gifts. 

So, as CSCC starts on its next cycle of life, let me take a few moments to consider higher education’s past life cycle. 

Sixty years ago, college degrees were rare. Only 9.6% of men and 5.8% of women had a college degree (Statista, 2017). 

The late 1950’s era was prior to the Civil Rights movement hence the few minority students who sought higher education faced unbelievable challenges. For example Autherine J. Lucy, an African American woman was admitted as a graduate student to the University of Alabama in 1956 but on the first day of her enrollment she was met with angry mobs, hurled rocks, and countless insults. The threats became so dire that the university expelled her only three days into her first semester citing her safety as the reason (Siddiqui, 2013). 

During the same era women pursuing higher education often attended women’s colleges. The Monthly Labor Review, a publication of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, painted a favorable picture for female graduates indicating that women graduates generally found full time positions related to their college major (86%) with annual starting salaries averaging $3,739 (Wells, 1959).  In the foreword section of a report by the U.S. Department of Labor, Alice Leopold commented “Most women are primarily interested, of course, in marriage and family. But the average woman also seeks employment at some period during her lifetime -- typically right after graduation and often later in life when family responsibilities decrease” (1959, p. iii). 

Community colleges changed the world of higher education. Before the large growth of the 1960’s there were few community colleges. In 1950, there were only 634 institutions enrolling 562,786 students (Starrak & Hughes, 1954). While certainly not perfect, community colleges have been the tool to democratize higher education. And we the members of CSCC have documented it and will continue to do so in our second lifetime. 

Happy Birthday CSCC!

Linda Hagedorn, CSCC President-Elect and 2018 Conference Organizer

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