Autobiographical Counternarratives from the Community College to the PhD

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, Francena Turner, Karie Brown-Tess, Chauntee Thrill

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Historically, community colleges and those they serve have been relegated to the margins of academe. Community colleges’ critics argue that students starting at two-year institutions are less likely to earn bachelor’s degrees and have lower student outcomes. This CCJRP Exchange Article draws upon counternarratives in highlighting multiple truths of the community experience through use of scholarly personal narratives (SPN) of those that moved in, through and out the community college to the PhD. The faculty member and doctoral students reflect on how their community college experiences influenced their career trajectories. Further, implications for community college practice, policy, and research are shared as the authors make a case for applying SPN in an effort to see community colleges as sites of deep growth that have lasting effects on the personal and professional lives of their students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-328
Number of pages3
JournalCommunity College Journal of Research and Practice
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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