ERIC Number: ED255261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Community College and the Volkshochschule: An International Comparison of Leadership Objectives in the Adult Teaching/Learning Process.
Bogart, Quentin J.
Comparisons are drawn between the German "Volkshochschule" (VHS) and the American community college. After highlighting the mission of the VHS in promoting the socialization of its constituents, the paper contrasts the VHS and community college in terms of enrollment, admission, costs, programs, facilities, governance, organization, and finance. Emphasis is placed on the "open access" provided by the VHS, its low student costs (i.e., an average of $8.00 per class), its provision of special interest courses, the existence of a degree comparable to the associate degree, and the provision of funding for the VHS by federal, state, and local governments. Next, similarities and differences in the overall social objectives of the VHS and community college are considered. It is pointed out that the American community college is committed to providing a flexible, community-based educational program responsive to the needs of local business/industry and the college's individual constituents, while responding to national priorities and issues. In contrast, the VHS, although operating in s aimilar arena, is portrayed as having leadership objectives that are less tangible, but more social, defined in terms of societal and cultural goals. Finally, the centrality of the goal of socialization to the community college's leadership objectives is stressed, and the recognition and promotion of the socialization objective of American community colleges is urged. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Austria; Volkshochschule; West Germany
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (65th, San Diego, CA, April 14-17, 1985).