What is the CCCAP?

The Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs [CCCAP] is a newly formed alliance of academic programs of architecture in two-year colleges in the United States who offer a variety of Associate Degrees. 

Efforts to share and learn from other such programs began in 2007.  With the generous pro bono legal services of Paul Alpuche, Jr. of Lerch Early &N Brewer , the CCCAP became a 501(c)(3) non-profit, membership association in March 2014.  They applied for tax-exempt status in June 2014.

There are over 160 community college architecture programs in the United States.   More than 121 programs have responded to a survey which provided an in-depth look at the faculty, student population, and concerns of the community college architecture program or CCAP.

The CCCAP offers a platform for the sharing of ideas, concerns, and curricula for the first years of education in future architecture graduates.

Why was the CCCAP created?

The CCCAP was created to represent an alternate pathway to the profession of architecture.  By unifying our programs, the CCCAP can demonstrate the value and availability of eager architecture majors who graduate each year with various Associate Degrees.  They are eager to continue their architectural education but barriers in terms of articulation and transfer prevent most transitions for these graduates.

The profession of architecture is under-represented in terms of minority.  The number of students who graduate from 4-year and 5-year schools of architecture and proceed to enter the profession is decreasing according to recent articles in Architectural Record and the “2009 Report on the OOO” by the NAAB.

http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2012/09/120925-Survey-Predicts-Architecture-Shortage-by-2014.asp and http://archinect.com/forum/thread/104385/just-wondering-does-anyone-know-about-how-many-new-architecture-students-graduate-each-year

The following data was retrieved from the Teachers’ College, Columbia University http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/Community-College-FAQs.html

·        How many undergraduate students are currently enrolled in community colleges?

            As of the 2011-12 academic school year, 45% of all undergraduate students were enrolled in public two-year colleges, or approximately 8.3 million students. Approximately 3.3 million students were enrolled full-time, and approximately 4.8 million students were enrolled part-time. (Knapp et al. 2012) (AACC Fast Facts)

·        What percentage of low-income, minority, and first-time college students attend community colleges?

            An analysis of Education Longitudinal Study (ELS: 2002-06) data shows that 44 percent of low-income students (those with family incomes of less than $25,000 per year) attend community colleges as their first college after high school. In contrast, only 15 percent of high-income students enroll in community colleges initially. Similarly, 38 percent of students whose parents did not graduate from college choose community colleges as their first institution, compared with 20 percent of students whose parents graduated from college.

               The same analysis found that 50 percent of Hispanic students start at a community college, along with 31 percent of African American students. In comparison, 28 percent of White students begin at community colleges.

               According to a nationally representative survey of first-time college students in 2003–04, among first-time college students with family incomes of $32,000 or lower, 57 percent started at a two-year or less-than-two-year college rather than at a four-year institution (Berkner & Choy, 2008).