ERIC Number: ED212339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Community College Handicapped Student Programs and Advisory Committees.
Baker, Ronald E.; Ostertag, Bruce A.
In 1977, the State Board of Governors adopted legislation mandating the establishment of advisory committees for handicapped student programs and services in California community colleges. In fall 1980, a statewide survey was conducted to investigate the current operational structure and activities of these committees. Program coordinators at 106 California community colleges were asked to provide information on their characteristics; the characteristics of advisory committee members; the organizational structure of the committees; present and past emphases in committee activities; and committee problems, effectiveness, and functions. Selected findings, based on responses from 83 colleges, include the following: (1) respondents worked in colleges with an average enrollment of 10,995 students serving an average of 337 handicapped students; (2) while faculty and staff composed the largest group of committee members, other groups were adequately represented; (3) 71.1% of the committees lacked written by-laws; (4) during 1980-81, committee activities focused primarily on improving program operations and curriculum and instruction; and (5) major problems were identified as lack of a clearly defined committee role, member apathy, and lack of attendance. Recommendations, based on these and other findings, called for a clearer definition of committee roles, chairpersons from outside the college staff, greater community representation, more convenient meeting times, training sessions for new and continuing members, and statewide guidelines. (HB)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, College Planning, Community Colleges, Educational Legislation, Group Activities, Group Membership, Group Structure, Participant Characteristics, Program Development, School Community Relationship, Special Education, Special Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Personnel Services, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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