ERIC Number: ED213460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Basic Skills: Responding to the Task with Effective Innovative Programs.
Issues in community college basic skills instruction are reviewed and two model programs are outlined in this paper. First, concerns about student illiteracy, lack of academic preparation, and failure to complete courses are discussed, and public demands for educational accountability are examined. Next, the relationship between the "open door" concept and the increased need for basic skills instruction is explored, with special reference to the needs of Black and Hispanic students. After defining basic skills, the paper summarizes arguments for and against their inclusion in the community college curriculum. The paper then outlines the major characteristics of two model programs of basic skills instruction. The first is the Coordinated Bilingual Bicultural Studies Program at Laredo Junior College, an interdisciplinary program involving history, English, reading, human development, psychology and Spanish along with counseling and evaluation components. The second is the Ford Foundation sponsored Math Intervention Project for Hispanic Students, conducted by the Border College Consortium, which includes faculty, counselors, parents and peers in efforts to acclimate Hispanics to mathematics and science fields. These programs are described in terms of their curricula, objectives, activities, and program evaluation. (KL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Border College Consortium; Laredo Junior College TX
Note: Paper presented at the National Policy Conference on Urban Community Colleges in Transition (Detroit, MI, March 7-9, 1981).