ERIC Number: ED194175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Postsecondary Education in the Pilbara.
Western Australia Post Secondary Education Commission, Nedlands.
Based upon visits to representative educational centers, interviews with area citizens, and a research review, this report assesses the post-secondary educational needs of Australia's Pilbara region and recommends the establishment of two community colleges to meet these needs. A geographic, economic, and demographic profile of the Pilbara precedes a summary of its post-secondary educational demands as reflected in enrollments in para-professional, adult, apprenticeship, and college preparatory courses offered locally by the Technical Education Division (TED) and through correspondence courses. Enrollments in these courses are analyzed in terms of the corridors and towns in which the students live, and the socioeconomic, geographic, and communications factors are discussed which led to the proposal that two colleges, serving two distinct sub-regions, be established. Proposals are presented for the nature of these institutions, including provisions that they remain independent of TED, develop strong counseling services, retain an open-door admissions policy, provide a comprehensive curriculum, and act as community cultural centers. Finally, the report discusses the legislation required to establish the colleges; examines their characteristics in terms of mission, curriculum, staffing, student services, funding, governance, and facilities; and recommends the evaluation of the current apprenticeship system. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australia Post Secondary Education Commission, Nedlands.
Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia)