A perceived dichotomy in higher education frames the relationship between four-year universities and community colleges. The four-year university thrives on publishing research as much as it does on administering curriculum leading to a degree. The community college is focused on instruction which could lead to a degree, certificate, or other outcome that serves the needs of the community. The four-year university serves the traditional student who typically attends the institution full-time and is a recent product of secondary education. The community college serves the non-traditional student who typically attends the institution part-time and often has already entered the world of work. Although both types of institutions are necessary, the community college is more agile at adapting to societal trends, economic shifts, and changing demographics.
"Community College: The Chameleon of Higher Education,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 7
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol7/iss3/6