By Mary Beth. Small but growing numbers of community colleges are moving to drop the word "community" from their name, inspiring a sometimes passionate parsing of its meaning.
The move comes as more states allow two-year colleges to confer bachelor's degrees, which typically take four years or longer to complete.
Alert drivers in the Seattle area will notice over the next few months that 10 highway signs for three Seattle community colleges are being replaced with signs that say Seattle Colleges. Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Mich., just unveiled its new, shorter-by-a-word logo and marketing campaign. Nearly all of Florida's community colleges have changed their names; several now call themselves state colleges. More...