ERIC Number: ED234101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Backs against the Wall: Urban-Oriented Colleges and Universities and the Urban Poor and Disadvantaged.
Cafferty, Pastora San Juan; Spangenberg, Gail
This report addresses specific problems that urban-oriented colleges and universities face in meeting the educational needs of the urban poor and disadvantaged, and explores what is being and can be done about these problems. Six programs funded by the Ford Foundation are described. Four of these deal with basic skills and related services. They are (1) a cooperative effort between Miles College and the public schools in Birmingham, Alabama; (2) a faculty development project led by Jersey City State College in cooperation with several colleges in Hudson County, New Jersey; (3) community outreach and English as a Second Language (ESL) activities in Hartford, Connecticut; and (4) a program for developing and implementing diagnostic testing services, housed at the University of the District of Columbia. The other two programs described, which address the problem of institutional planning and cooperation are (5) a planning and assessment project carried out by the San Francisco (California) Consortium; and (6) a collaborative effort between Boston, Massachusetts, public schools and six public higher education institutions. Cost and funding problems of urban institutions are also examined. It is recommended that ESL programs be strengthened and expanded; that imaginative recruitment, testing, and placement programs be launched in urban areas; that college, high school, and community-based counseling and guidance programs be developed and expanded; and that staff and faculty development programs be undertaken. Appended to the report are lists of Ford Foundation Conference participants (for May 1980) and of Ford Foundation grants. (GC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, College School Cooperation, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Assessment, Educational Diagnosis, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Faculty Development, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Outreach Programs, School Community Relationship, Staff Development, Two Year Colleges, Urban Areas, Urban Universities
Ford Foundation, P.O. Box 559, Naugatuck, CT 06770 ($4.00; 10 or more, $3.20 each).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Boston Six MA; Ford Foundation; Hartford Higher Education Hispanic Project; Jersey City State College NJ; Miles Skills Upgrading Program AL; San Francisco Consortium CA; University of the District of Columbia
Note: From the Series on Higher Education in the Cities.