ERIC Number: ED178112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
The New Majority: The Educational Needs of Present and Future Women Students of the California Community Colleges.
Mitchell, Grace N.
In March, 1979, the Commission on Women of the California Community and Junior College Association held two hearings to determine the needs of present and potential women students in the California community colleges. Of the more than 125 individuals in attendance, 48 presented approximately ten hours of testimony. Throughout the hearings there was a clear call for such special services as child care; adequate financial aids; instructional offerings which develop marketable and academic skills as needed, and strong support services including career counseling, emotional support groups, resource information and referral, transitional programs, and assistance in job placement. Problems of sex bias and stereotyping were shown to prevent women from entering training programs for male-dominated and better paying jobs. The Commission strongly recommended that the colleges provide services to meet the expressed needs of this group that in 1978 accounted for 53.1% of the total community college enrollment. Numerous facts about women also emerged from the hearings, including information about increasing numbers of families headed by women, average earnings of females as opposed to males, the increasing proportion of women in the work force, and their lack of educational and job skills. Additionally, the characteristics of and needs specific to re-entry women students and young adult women were determined. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community and Junior Coll. Association, Sacramento.