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ERIC Number: ED019934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Pages: 4
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Reference Count: 0
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HOW TO LAUNCH A COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
ANDERSON, HELEN J.
TEN HIGH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS IN DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, HAVE SHOWN HOW TO PERSUADE TAXPAYERS FROM DIVERSE DISTRICTS TO VOTE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JUNIOR COLLEGE. IN 1964, AFTER STUDYING THE STATE MASTER PLAN, THEY AND THE BOARD MEMBERS OF EACH DISTRICT HIRED A FIRM TO MAKE A FEASIBILITY STUDY. THE BOARDS SELECTED 19 CITIZENS FOR THE STEERING COMMITTEE, WHICH HAD TO GET OUT THE VOTE THREE TIMES--TO ESTABLISH THE COLLEGE DISTRICT, TO ELECT THE BOARD, AND TO AUTHORIZE $10 MILLION IN BONDS FOR SITE AND BUILDINGS. A PETITION FOR THE ELECTION WAS CIRCULATED AND ADDRESSED TO THE DUPAGE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS. BUSINESS CONCERNS CONTRIBUTED FUNDS FOR THE CAMPAIGN. DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARDS SUBMITTED NAMES OF PEOPLE FOR A CITIZENS' COMMITTEE IN EACH AREA. THE CHAIRMAN OF EACH COMMITTEE FOLLOWED CLEAR DIRECTIVES AND AN EXACT TIMETABLE FOR CLUB ADDRESSES, NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS, AND BLOCK-TO-BLOCK CANVASSING. A PUBLICITY COMMITTEE HANDLED SPEECHES, LITERATURE, AND ADVERTISING. THE ILLINOIS JUNIOR COLLEGE BOARD RECOMMENDED STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVAL OF THE PROJECT. THE PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD IN OCTOBER AND THE FIRST REFERENDUM IN DECEMBER. SUSTAINED PUBLICITY AND PERSONAL SOLICITATION OF VOTERS ASSURED PASSAGE OF ALL THREE MEASURES--THE ENABLING ACT, ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS, AND THE BOND ISSUE. IN FALL 1967, DUPAGE COLLEGE, IN TEMPORARY QUARTERS, ADMITTED ITS FIRST STUDENTS. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN THE "AMERICAN SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL," VOLUME 155, NUMBER 6, DECEMBER 1967. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Washington, DC.
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