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ERIC Number: ED176822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Community College in Comparative and Historical Perspective: The Development of the College Concept in British Columbia.
Dennison, John D.
One alternative model for post-compulsory education, the community college, is examined as it developed in British Columbia (BC). Attention is given to the social and historical context in which the community college idea developed, the complex set of circumstances that lead to an unprecedented growth of educational institutions in BC and the reasons for the types of institutions which developed and the form of governing structures for their operation. Certain features are enumerated which characterize the community college concept in BC, including: (1) the college is designed to respond to its local community; (2) it is designed to be a "democratizing" force in post-secondary education; (3) the ideal of a comprehensive college curriculum has been a constant challenge to employ in practice; and (4) the college is dedicated to teaching in terms of faculty responsibilities. In an effort to examine the extent to which the colleges have met their objectives, data on the community college system summarized from recent research studies are provided. Finally, the future of the community college is discussed in terms of directions and issues that are already apparent, including rising costs, changing political and curricular priorities, newly legislated "provincial institutes," reduced teacher mobility and increased unionization, and the creation of a community college identity. (AYC)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia