Community college students have a wide-ranging mix of personalities, backgrounds, interests, and abilities. Discovering their differences can be a joy; addressing them can be a challenge. As an instructor, your job is to ensure that all students are engaged in learning, regardless of their backgrounds. The first step in helping students learn is to get a clear picture of who they are, both as a group and as individuals.
Quiz: Test Your Student Savvy
Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2001, and Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2001; American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), National Profile of Community Colleges: Trends & Statistics, 3rd ed.; NCES, The Condition of Education 2003.