ERIC Number: ED186085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Should Graduation Be the Only Criterion for Success?
Nolan, Edwin J.
Although junior colleges were originally established to provide the first two years of collegiate instruction, the mission of today's community college includes providing not only transfer education, but also certificate or associate degree vocational programs, adult continuing education, and community services. Therefore, the community college can no longer be evaluated solely on the basis of the number of students who graduate. The inadequacy of this evaluation method is reflected in the growing number of students taking advantage of the community college's service/continuing education component. A full 50% of the 1975-76 enrollment in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), for example, was in non-curricular areas such as career exploration, job skill improvement, and personal development. In recognition of this fact, the VCCS takes this non-curricular enrollment, as well as the number of graduates, into consideration when evaluating individual college performance. The time has come for other institutions to follow this lead and measure institutional success by the degree to which a student's goals are being achieved, and not by the goal of graduation as set by upper-echelon administrators. (JP)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Community Services, Educational Responsibility, Enrollment Trends, Evaluation Criteria, Graduation, Institutional Evaluation, Noncredit Courses, Student Educational Objectives, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges, Upper Division Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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