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Through the years community colleges have always had a negative stigma attached to its name Even today this negative stigma is still present However the misconception of an undergraduate curriculum from a junior college is inferior to an undergraduate curriculum from a university is becoming widely accepted The popular notion that people foresee in a community college is that it is mainly a place for those people who did not possess the knowledge to attend a four-year university This however is a big assumption towards some of the students that attend community colleges because many people enter into a community college for many different reasons One reason for example people attend a community college first is the financial disadvantage many people have therefore it seems that going to a community college is their only choice The price for a general education in a community college is significantly lower than that of a general education in a university Because of the lower costs the possibility to receive a quality education or trade comes into reach for everyone who is financially challenged or hasnt made a career choice Despite the negative misconceptions of junior colleges they bridge the gap between high schools and universities and create opportunities for more of the United States population to achieve higher education Understanding the need to establish a college of which provides an opportunity for the United States population to achieve a higher level of education William Rainey Harper the first president at the University of Chicago created the first junior college in the year of 1892 He did this by dividing the university into two different parts one was called the upper division and the other called the lower division The upper divisions were known as the Senior Colleges while the lower divisions as the Academic Colleges Witt et al 14 Harper wanted these two separate colleges to focus on the different levels of training primarily the Senior Colleges was
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