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ERIC Number: ED225626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
An Examination of the Use of Students in Paraprofessional Capacities at Kirkwood Community College.
Rosberg, William H.; Nash, Richard, II
At Kirkwood Community College (KCC), student paraprofessionals are used in a variety of ways. They are employed in the Learning Resources Center; in the production of graphic materials; in microwave, instructional fixed service, and cable broadcasting; in dial-access videotape distribution; and in television control rooms. In addition, KCC engages students in clerical and secretarial positions; in laboratory settings and hands-on technical courses; in direction instruction, as well as tutorial and peer counseling roles; and in instructional support capacities. While student help provides a viable alternative to the use of full-time professional staff in many academic situations, several problems exist. First, most student employment is financed by federal work study programs. While costing the institution less, this arrangement does not guarantee the availability of the best qualified students. Second, an economic disincentive is built into the use of student help, often resulting in long-term budget cuts that cannot be easily restored. Third, student roles must often be absorbed by full-time staff in times of economic stress. A final problem is the expense involved in training and supervising students in short-term positions. Some of these problems can be alleviated by including funds for training in budgets, allocating monies to hire students who are ineligible for work study, and increasing the availability of training and information for student employees. (Author/AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kirkwood Community Coll., Cedar Rapids, IA.