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ERIC Number: ED178117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Pages: 7
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Strengthening Humanities in Community Colleges Through the Development of Support at County, State, and National Levels.
Johnson, Brent M.
Recent trends towards viewing education only in terms of immediate and measurable results and current conditions that are increasing expenditures and lessening income have resulted in a decreased demand for humanities instruction at community colleges. Despite these trends, humanities courses must be blended with vocational curricula, not to provide learning for learning's sake, but to assure that education contributes to the quality of life. Because of their broad missions, low tuition rates, and high success rates, community colleges may fare better in the financial squeeze of the 1980's than four-year colleges. However, the decrease in recent high school graduate enrollments and the need to increase the skill level of the labor force make humanities more vulnerable in hard financial times. The 1980's will probably see a 20% decrease in community college humanities faculty, a greater emphasis on technical training, and an increased demand for thinking and writing skills. In response to these expectations, humanities professors should develop non-credit courses of interest to older people and credit courses flexible enough to interest vocational students. The demand for writing and thinking skills should be met by courses that integrate philosophy and logic. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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