ERIC Number: ED220122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Informal Observations on the Longitudinal Study, Basic Support Concerns Affecting the Colleges and the Nature of Programs Offered: The Potential for Problem Resolution through Collaborative Participation and Alternative Resources.
The California Statewide Longitudinal Study provided information on community college students' experiences and needs which is of value for colleges in determining strategies and priorities. While, however, this and similar studies address the needs of the learners and the colleges, the impressions and concerns of one key client, the prospective employer, are not adequately considered. Extensive efforts to sample employer needs are necessary if the colleges are to be responsive to changing conditions in the community and society. In addition to gathering information on their clients, colleges need to examine priorities and missions in light of serious pressures on resources. Rather than choosing areas to cut back (e.g., transfer or vocational education), the colleges should seek to identify alternative funding sources and collaborate to develop programs that will meet the needs of the institution and its students, employers, resource providers, and the community. Just as colleges impress upon students the need for flexibility in career and life goals, so the colleges themselves should be sufficiently flexible and adaptive in terms of goals, programs, structures, and funding to reflect the changing focus of and shifts in society. Collaboration among all parties interested in and involved with community college education can ensure development of college programs and goals in a period of fiscal stringency. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; Statewide Longitudinal Study CA
Note: Part of a series of papers by a panel of experts reviewing the California Statewide Longitudinal Study (for the final report of this study, see ED 217 917). For other papers in the review series, see JC 820 347-356.