Where the completion agenda went wrong

Clifford P. Harbour, University of Wyoming
Shannon McKinzie, University of Wyoming

Description

One of the strongest reform movements currently underway in American higher education is the Completion Agenda. It places a new priority on credential completion in order to raise GDP and limit the growth of income inequality. In this paper, the authors report on a textual analysis of a critical document in the Completion Agenda literature, the Reclaiming the American Dream report produced by the American Association of Community Colleges in April 2012. The authors critique this report by explaining how it fails to account for important facts about American higher education and the late 20th and early 21st century economy.

 
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Where the completion agenda went wrong

ED Annex 318

One of the strongest reform movements currently underway in American higher education is the Completion Agenda. It places a new priority on credential completion in order to raise GDP and limit the growth of income inequality. In this paper, the authors report on a textual analysis of a critical document in the Completion Agenda literature, the Reclaiming the American Dream report produced by the American Association of Community Colleges in April 2012. The authors critique this report by explaining how it fails to account for important facts about American higher education and the late 20th and early 21st century economy.