From the Portland Herald (Maine)

March 25, 2018 Ned Bachus’s memoir explores the challenges faced by first-generation community college students by Dave Canarie, an attorney and adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine. Many non-traditional students have persevered through intense...

From Patti Marxsen

Ned Bachus has written several books in one: a personal memoir (Son of Immigrant Single Mom Makes Good), a deep reflection on life at the end of a rewarding teaching career (Farewell to Alarms), a writer’s journey with walks on the Irish coast (No Man Is an...

From Judith Gay

“While reading Open Admissions, I felt like I was there with you in the classroom and that I got to know some of the students. It rang true to me.” Judith Gay, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Community College of...

From Kathleen Hetherington

With humor and compassion, Bachus reveals the transformational work that occurs in community colleges in helping students reach their educational goals. He intertwines his own mishaps in a foreign culture with the challenges that students face as they enter the new...

From Roger LaMay

In a time of crumbling infrastructure, education budget cuts, and spiraling college debt, Ned Bachus finds hope and possibility in our country’s community colleges. Open Admissions is a love song to the promise and accessibility of affordable higher education....