ERIC Number: ED170004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May-1
Reference Count: 0
Islands of Innovation: New and Small Community Services in the Small/Rural Community College.
Gianini, Paul C.
A general review is presented of community services in the small/rural community college. Community services are defined as those action programs of the college undertaken independently or in cooperation with other community groups and agencies which direct the educational resources of the college toward serving the individual, the group, and community needs. Results of a review of the literature are cited with regard to the special characteristics and problems of the small/rural college, community organizing, developing objectives for comprehensive community service programs, and accountability. Exemplary programs are highlighted for the following areas: (1) college involvement in local decision-making; (2) inter-agency cooperation; (3) school industry cooperation; (4) alternative delivery systems; (5) senior citizen programs; (6) programs for children; (7) programs for prisoners; and (8) programs in the cultural services such as museums, planetariums, and nature trails. The advantages and disadvantages of providing community services in small/rural community colleges are also delineated. It is concluded that community colleges must interrupt the traditional credit hour fixation, influence funding patterns, and design new means for measuring community college productivity in order to fulfill the colleges' one truly unique mission--community services. (MB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, College Role, Community Colleges, Community Cooperation, Community Services, Cultural Enrichment, Dual Enrollment, Financial Problems, Nontraditional Education, Older Adults, Prisoners, Program Descriptions, Rural Education, School Business Relationship, Small Colleges, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (59th, Chicago, Illinois, April 29-May 2, 1979)