ERIC Number: ED231484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Junior College Articulation: Admission, Retention, Remediation, Transfer. A Position Paper.
Boss, Roberta S.
The public junior college was conceived with an "open door" to give the disadvantaged high school graduate another chance to break the poverty cycle and the minority student an opportunity to extend his/her skills and career options. Since its inception in the early 1900's, the mission of the junior college has changed. The initial focus on preparing students for transfer into a 4-year program of the 1920's altered when the introduction of the associate in arts degree signalled a new terminal education function. The birth of the "community college" in the 1960's brought forth a comprehensive mission, comprising terminal, transfer, and remedial programs. The firmly entrenched policy of open admissions has led to an influx of ill-prepared students lacking basic skills; a demand to design courses to meet the needs of part-time, re-entry, and older adult students; and, more recently, questions about the decline of academic standards and articulation with senior institutions. To maintain the community college's open door, it is important to remember that transfer is no longer the sole function of this institution, and that expanding access need not mean declining standards as long as community colleges perform diverse functions for diverse populations. (LL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Graduate Seminar Paper, University of Maryland at College Park.