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Posted at 9:55 AM ET, 09/15/2010

Biden to host community college summit

By Washington Post editors

The White House says Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, will convene the first-ever White House summit on community colleges on Oct. 5.

The White House said Wednesday that the summit will provide a forum for community college administrators, business leaders, philanthropists, government officials and students to discuss how these schools can help the U.S. have the most educated work force in the world.

President Obama asked Jill Biden to organize the summit. She has taught at community colleges for the past 17 years and now teaches at Northern Virginia Community College.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 15, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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A community college summit with no teachers invited?

Posted by: mostevenson | September 15, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

A community college summit and teachers are not invited?

Posted by: mostevenson | September 15, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

How is it that adjunct and contingent faculty, who do the lion's (lioness's, really—the adcon ranks are tilted female) share of the teaching at the nation's community colleges, are not explicitly and respectfully included in this summit? It's like discussing mine safety only with the owners of the mine: we know how that sort of thing works out. Why were national organizations, such as New Faculty Majority: The Coalition for Adjunct and Contingent Faculty—not consulted? This is a very odd way to hold an important summit on education, to leave out the instructors who do most of the teaching and who do so for about 1/3 the wages of a dwindling and overburdened "regular" faculty, and do so for the most part with no benefits and no job security. It's a peculiar ad for the economic importance of education, and cannot in its present form help our students who are looking for the colleges to do so much. We urge the President and his advisors to pay attention to the problems of all faculty members as they work for full inclusion in institutional governance, curriculum development, and equity in compensation. The various press releases mention "educational experts", but unless we are there it's all false advertising.

Posted by: DrAlanTrevithick | September 16, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

It's all very nice that the Obama administration is going to run a community college summit with participation by "community college administrators, business leaders, philanthropists, government officials and students," but where are the teachers? Maybe we are just so peripheral to the whole enterprise of higher ed that we don't need to be at the table. And I'd better not ask if ad/cons are being invited to participate. Anyone know Jill Biden's e-mail address? I'd really like to ask her these questions rather than just post them here or on the .gov website.

Posted by: betsysmith1 | September 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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