ERIC Number: ED211150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-18
Reference Count: 0
Trustees and Missions of Arizona Community Colleges.
Richardson, Richard C., Jr.
Through an understanding of the historical forces that raised the community college to prominence during the past decades and that are now threatening this position, the community college trustee can contribute to the process of securing a base for future progress. The period from 1961 to 1980 saw a tripling of the number of two-year colleges and an eightfold growth in student numbers as community colleges responded to the external pressures of the baby boom, civil rights movement, and technological changes. In today's world, however, concerns about fiscal constraints are accompanied by a shift in emphasis from access to meritocracy as the guiding value in the public priorities for postsecondary education. Much confusion about the mission of the community college stems from these opposing values. Two issues of paramount concern have arisen out of the confrontation between increasingly constrained resource allocations and aspirations for continuing growth and mission expansion. The first of these involves educational quality, while the second concerns faculty commitment, defined as the ability to recognize, agree upon, and contribute to educational priorities. In addressing these issues, trustees of Arizona's community colleges might consider several alternatives, including working with the State Board in its review of the mission of the community colleges; encouraging administrators to experiment with establishing priorities among services; and obtaining information about costs and levels of quality. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Arizona Association of Local Governing Boards (September 18, 1981).