Colleges Review ‘Community’

by E Wayne Ross on August 24, 2009

Inside Higher Ed: Colleges Review ‘Community’

Some loved it. Some hated it. But everyone is a critic.

Last week, community college employees and attendees got their first look at “Community,” NBC’s new sitcom about a group of students at a fictional two-year institution. Ever since the network announced in May that it would be airing a new comedy focusing on life at a community college, many in academe expressed concern that the show might unfairly characterize this set of institutions and its students. Among those in the community college world who do not like what they have seen in the show’s early ads, there has been some debate over whether to actively fight the show, ignore it or try to make something positive come out of it.