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As the newest librarian at Kirkwood, I have been so impressed by the dedication and innovation of the faculty and staff. There is an exciting culture of “can do” that permeates our institution. No idea is ridiculed and support for the Kirkwood student is primary in everything we do. To facilitate this process, your library tries to purchase books supporting the latest research on excellence in community colleges.

Two of our newest acquisitions, available for check-out are:

 What_Excellent_Community_Colleges_Do_Wyner_cover1. What excellent Community Colleges do: Preparing all students for success, by Joshua S. Wyner (378.052 W985w).  Wyner realizes how underfunded and underappreciated the community colleges are, but identifies what high-quality community colleges, both urban and rural, have done to increase degree completion, equity, student learning, and labor market success. Wyner is the founder and executive director of The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. Check out the video book talk as well.

2. Understanding Community Colleges, by John S. Levin and Susan T. Kater is available in print (378.154 U55) and as an electronic book . This book offers a series of essays by various scholars on such pertinent issues as teaching academically underprepared college students, adult and international students, vocational education and workforce development.

So come to the library and check them out. AND if there are other great books you’ve read or heard about, please let us know through the library’s purchase request form.