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ERIC Number: ED026057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 14
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Unique Problems of the Inner City Colleges.
Lombardi, John
Urban changes such as population increase, shifts in population groups, suburban growth, and central city decay have produced special problems for the inner city college--de facto segregation, inadequate education programs, racial imbalance of employees, and discrimination in student participant activities. The attempts to prevent segregation--regional distribution of programs, open rather than district enrollment, encouragement of non-resident enrollment, colleges with special programs--have been ineffective. Enrollment still reflects the ethnic make-up of the area and is intensified by current separatist movements. Although segregation need not mean inferior education, experience has shown that it does. Programs for the disadvantaged, low-ability, and minority groups are inadequate, as no one knows what to teach them or how to evaluate what they do. Increased research in special education, funds for program development and student aid, and thorough evaluation of the programs are essential. Lack of attention to non-Western cultures is a parallel problem. The racial mix of employees is not well-balanced at the administrative or academic levels, but is better at the non-academic level. Lack of qualified people is one reason for this condition. In intercollegiate athletics, in participant programs like journalism, theatre, and music, and in apprenticeship programs, prejudice is more overt. The colleges can do little for the apprentice, but can improve matters in the other areas. (HH)
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Identifiers: California
Note: Speech presented to the California Junior College Association (Anaheim, October 31, 1968).