ERIC Number: ED061930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
The "New Student" in the Community Colleges.
Knoell, Dorothy M.
There are many obstacles to assessing the impact of "new" or disadvantaged students enrolled in community colleges; minority students and staff often oppose such assessments, the conditions and problems in quantifying measurements are difficult to control, and it is difficult to separate and assess interrelated conditions and events which affect the "new" student. This document summarizes what is known about this special group of students in California community colleges, especially changes which have occurred since 1967 in the number of disadvantaged students, the number of minority staff members, new counseling and curricular programs, and drop-out rates. The growing effort to attract students, who because of financial problems and lack of necessary preparation have not attended college in the past, has resulted in great increases in their percentage of the total enrollment. However, many colleges have not provided the necessary special support programs to help the students overcome their handicaps. Consequently, the dropout and failure rate of these new students has been alarming. State and federal money has been and will continue to be crucial for colleges to set up special programs of instruction, student services, counseling, and financial aid necessary for these students. Where such support has been provided, disadvantaged students have averaged the same retention rates, grade point averages and graduation rates as other students. (LP)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 6, 1972