ERIC Number: ED233857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-14
Reference Count: 0
The Mexican American: A Challenge for the California Community College.
Rivera, Manuel G.
California's system of higher education includes three major divisions, each with a separate educational goal resulting in differing minority enrollments. The University of California focuses on research and has high admission requirements. Its nine campuses had 5,200 full-time faculty members in 1979 and enrolled 131,856 undergraduate and graduate students of whom 22,778 identified themselves as minority members (American Indians, Asians, Blacks, or Chicanos). The State Universities and Colleges have less rigid admission standards. The 19 campuses teach 4- and 5-year programs but have less rigid admission standards. They teach 4- and 5-year programs but do not award doctoral degrees. In 1978 the 11,080 faculty members taught 306,801 undergraduate and graduate students of whom 59,331 represented minorities. The 106 community colleges provide access to low-cost education for all students who can profit from instruction, with or without a high school diploma. The Community Colleges provide (or provided, prior to 1980, for the system is currently being redefined) the first two years of a four-year transfer program, occupational training, cultural and continuing education, and community activities and services. Of the 1,100,212 students taught by 14,714 faculty in 1978, 241,135 were minority members. Chicano enrollments were stable between 1976 and 1980. However, financial and legislative circumstances and negative image problems may result in the reduction of minority students at the Community College level. (SB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; California Community Colleges; California State University; University of California
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Mexican American Educators (16th, Los Angeles, CA., November 11-14, 1981).