ERIC Number: ED047673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Peralta Colleges Inner-City Project: A Demonstration Project.
Elsner, Paul A.
This is the first of four reports in The Urban Community College Project Series. The report is based on the evaluation of Peralta College's Inner City Project through eight broad questions concerning the project's effectiveness as an agent of change. Most of the questions deal with outcomes that, it was initially hoped, would result from the project. The programs of urban outreach are: student service corps; community development centers; an enrichment program; and a scholarship program. It is suggested that community action must really be community-based to succeed. A program cannot be bound to pre-conceived ideas or plans of action. Among the significant impacts of the project on the college are: expansion of adult education programs; greater ethnic balance in staffing; less bureaucratic procedures in areas such as registration; and revised credential requirements that stress community experience rather than academic training. As the college reached out, community attitudes and awareness of the college's service role changed. Among project weaknesses are: less-than-expected success in instigating new community leadership; early mistakes in delegation of responsibility; and failure to specify researchable questions by which to evaluate the project. Twelve recommendations are discussed. Other community colleges considering outreach programs can look to the Inner City Project as a partial model. (CA)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Community Services, Inner City, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Urban Education, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Peralta Community Coll. System, Oakland, CA.; American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.