ERIC Number: ED238483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-30
Reference Count: 0
Maintaining the Vision of the Grail.
Wattenbarger, James L.
A fundamental and accepted mission of community colleges in the United States has been to provide educational opportunity for all citizens. The goals for planning community colleges in light of this mission have been summarized as: (1) providing a diversity of programs that attract students in all categories; (2) responding to labor force needs and to student interests concurrently; (3) assuring students low cost and accessible colleges in which to advance their education; (4) overcoming deficiencies in basic skills so that students may fulfill their potential; (5) providing adequate support services to enable students to succeed; (6) recognizing that an increasing percentage of college enrollments will be made up of part-time and intermittent students; and (7) accepting education as a lifelong need. Though these goals reflect the program philosophy identified as basic to community college existence, they have been challenged indirectly through increase in "quality controls" and lowered financial support. These challenges will require increased attention to the basic college mission and will necessitate more attention to scheduling for individual needs; more concern for counseling services; more use of pre-packaged courses, video and television; and more emphasis on developing new skills and student creativity. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development, "Preparing Institutions for the Future" (Overland Park, KS, October 30-November 2, 1983).