ERIC Number: ED180519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Why All CCC Students Need General Education: A Position Paper in Support of Resolutions Proposed by the City Colleges Study Group.
Sanborn, D. H.
Although the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) are rooted in the tradition of providing transfer education to Chicago's working class youth, the current administrative acceptance of a market-oriented, vocational philosophy has resulted in a decline in general education courses and has jeopardized equal access to higher education. This vocational orientation, developed in the late 1960's and 1970's, has been deliberately encouraged by an informal web of national and state institutions for the benefit of employers. State differential funding of community colleges has increasingly favored occupational, rather than baccalaureate, education, and policymakers have restricted open admissions policies to two-year colleges. As a result, administrators came into conflict with general education faculty, and the "new students" of the 1960's and 1970's were shunted into two-year, terminal, vocational programs and denied upward mobility via additional higher education. This trend is mirrored in the 1974 CCC Master Plan, which proposed that general education be provided only in order to service career programs. In planning for the 1980's, however, administrators must look beyond the immediate goal of meeting manpower needs and develop general education curricula to provide students with the imagination and judgement to deal with global problems. The resolutions to strengthen general education precede the paper. (JP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission Criteria, College Role, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Discrimination, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, General Education, Higher Education, Labor Needs, Liberal Arts, Nontraditional Students, Open Enrollment, Social Mobility, State Aid, Terminal Education, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared for the "Education: Planning for the Quality 80s" conference (Chicago, IL, November 30-December 1, 1979)