ERIC Number: ED344249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-2
Reference Count: N/A
Beware the Mouse That Roars: Community Colleges in SCA.
Engleberg, Isa N.
As the silent majority of higher education, community colleges are beginning to understand and use their political clout. These institutions comprise the fastest growing segment in higher education, now enrolling half of all freshmen and sophomores in the United States. Community colleges will continue to be the first choice of women, Blacks, people of Hispanic, Asian, and Native American origin, and immigrants. They attract excellent students who want small classes, dedicated teachers, instructional support services, and low tuition. Two-year college programs have not been served by or well represented in professional organizations, including those for speech communication. The fault lies in part with four-year colleges, which do not realize the significance of community colleges and their contributions to speech communication. Although it is inappropriate, community college faculty are judged against the "publish or perish" standard of universities. Community college members rarely are recognized for their contributions on Speech Communication Association (SCA) committees. The SCA's community college section should: (1) educate SCA about the significance of community colleges; (2) lobby for community college representation on all SCA committees and task forces; (3) seek to increase community college membership in SCA; and (4) develop policy positions on major SCA issues. Community colleges can bring together the teaching and scholarship that have grown apart at the universities. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Speech Communication Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).