ERIC Number: ED337229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Redemptive Role of the Community College within a Rural Society.
The Academic Career Studies (ACS) program at Clovis Community College focuses on time management, concentration and memory techniques, effective reading and note taking, test-taking skills, creativity, and the qualities of people who are "masters" at what they do. The program targets students who are working on their General Educational Development (GED) certificate, who have poor academic records, or who are welfare recipients in the Project Forward program. The Project Forward participants in particular come to the ACS program with low self-esteem and self-worth, growing out of a history of abuse and other negative experiences. The ACS educators address the issues of self-esteem by providing a supportive environment in the classroom--accepting students for who they are; appreciating students and all the experiences which make them what they are; and affirming students so they can see the potential in themselves. Examples of ACS classroom activities that address these goals include the following: (1) students fill out a wellness inventory to assess how well they are physically, emotionally, and spiritually; (2) students complete a Plus and Minus Chart to identify all the positive things in their lives as well as the negative; (3) students write a letter to a person whom they admire; (4) students chart their lives on a poster board, after the instructor completes the exercise first including failures as well as positive experiences; and (5) students chart their goals in four areas of their lives. When an instructor expects the best from students and centers on strengths rather than weaknesses, students are more likely to grow and fulfill these expectations. (JMC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Eastern New Mexico University Clovis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. (13th, Austin, TX, May 19-22, 1991).