Dreams of glory at Copperfield CC

The community college scene has its first satirical novel, College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair The e-book by Jann M. Contento and Jeffrey Ross, makes fun of everyone from  administrators with diploma-mill degrees in “leadership,” thinly qualified instructors, overwhelmed students, the campus janitor, the radical bartender at the local hangout and Wilbur the Duck.  The president of the fictional Copperfield Community College is hungry for prestige, which means adding four-year degrees and fielding winning sports teams starring foreign athletes. He doesn’t care about the college’s vocational classes, which prepare students for jobs in the community.

In an Amazon review, Allison N. Olsen praises the book’s “cohesive mix of poetic realism, surrealism, laugh-out-loud humor (If you must, read it solely for the Copperfield Community College Daily Email Post!), and unapologetic sarcasm.”

From a grant application:

Copperfield Community prides itself on being a Higher Education Leader in North New Mexico and the Great South East Mid South West. A significant portion of CCC enrollment comes from its Nursing Assistant, Butcher Training, Custodian Specialties Preparation Institute, Advanced Mortuary Science Institute, Meter Loop Construction Facility, Russian Motorcycle Repair Training, Home Beer Brewery Facility, Police Academy, Fire Academy, Cosmetology Department, Massage Therapy, Senior Citizens Book Clubs, and Developmental Education Departments.

Over 7000 students attended CCC recently– our 3 percent semester-to-semester student return rate ranks in the 97th percentile nationally for community college retention. . . . Nearly 80 percent receive federal funding or in-house Dean’s Grants—only about 4 percent have ever written out a check for tuition. [But the book store, well, that is another matter.]

CCC serves a diverse student population of developmental education students, students supporting their families on minimum wage work-study jobs and federal aid, working class adults hoping for a better life, athletes from out-of -state and out-of-nation [who aren’t quite good enough to get the universities’ attention but completely fill our residence halls], socialist activists, housewives who need time away from their kids, traditional-type students who don’t really have the money, ability, or inclination to attend Hamilton State University, and the cadre of technically-oriented students who take advantage of our excellent vocational programs, move forward in life quickly, and get great paying jobs soon after leaving CCC.

CCC has world class championship athletics teams that no one in Hamilton County has ever seen play. Coincidentally, no Hamilton County resident has ever played on a CCC athletic team [except for one kid from Rozwhel who became an MLB all star].

CCC’s excellent faculty and staff are here to adequately serve the needs of our students. Many of them couldn’t find jobs at universities or high schools but are quite happy to be here because of the salary and benefit package–especially the retirement plan.

Fifty four of our faculty are enrolled in an Ed Leadership Program because they, too, want to become administrators and earn inappropriately large salaries for attending meetings and out-of-nation conferences, and eventually purchase lake front property.

Most of our faculty members are excellent cooks and are well versed in topics concerning hummus, meat balls, pasta salad, quiche lorraine, tarts, malabi, and other numerous menu items suitable for potlucks.

They are excellent curriculum facilitators but are discouraged from creating curriculum which might impede our institution’s strategic vision.

Our Secretarial staff maintains superior Free Cell and other computer solitaire game skills and has read every vampire novel ever written. Most of the staff members here below the Dean level are former students–we are very proud of our Grow our Young-uns philosophy!

Many of our students love CCC so much that they take 5-9 years to complete one-semester certificate training programs.

The College continues to wisely outsource many of its custodial and maintenance functions.

When the grant project fails, the grantwriter promises that “CCC will be able to use shifty corporate language and period-relevant buzzwords to explain why.”


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON February 22, 2012

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Bob Stockham

I just finished reading the novel. It is hilarious, but so accurate. Our local community college no longer is a local college, but is striving to be a national, even global center of learning. Our local residents need job training, not preparaton for the University they will never attend

Robert J. O'Learly

This is very, very funny! I really enjoy the col. of truth exposed within this piece. I can’t wait to read the entire novel. I’m looking forward to share with my community college colleagues. Thanks for reviewing this comical piece. We all need a bit of comic relief from our everyday efforts to maintain educational promise. Thank you Community College Spotlight! I will indeed share.

Thomas Pendel

I really love this novel review. Thanks

SS

Yes. Community colleges and satire, an easy marriage.

The complexity of human behavior is cause for concern among the learned. Case after case provides empirical evidence of such rampant behavioral machinations. Between and within corporate model managing, currently displayed so fervently in postsecondary education, warrant large, often inappropriate salary employees. Testing such a theory is often difficult due to falsely derived importance by administrators, and puffed-up egomaniac commoditized on-line degree carrying 21st century leadership.

greg

Great book. It’s about time someone explored the community college with humor.

Barry W.

I just wanted to let everyone know that print copies of the novel are available on the publisher’s website — (Rogue Phoenix Press )

Thank you.

BP

I have just ordered this comic novel as a paperback from Rogue Phoenix Press. I have read nearly 40 pages on Amazon and LOL. Thank you CCSpotlight, for leading me to this funny novel.

Frank Westerman

ACH! I’ve got Jack Frost envy!

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