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ERIC Number: ED026054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Pages: 5
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The Open-Door College: The Problem of the Low Achiever.
Roueche, John E.; Hurlburt, Allan S.
Journal of Higher Education, v39 n8 November 1968
By historical precedent and state legislation, community colleges are and will continue to be open-door colleges. They are properly viewed as the means of providing educational opportunity for all, including the low achiever. The open-door policy, however, will be valid only if students can achieve their goals. Their success will determine whether the door is really open or merely revolving. Community colleges must therefore determine what low-achieving students are going to learn in remedial programs, the conditions of learning, and how the learning can be evaluated. Boards of trustees and parents can put pressure on both administrators and instructors to evaluate their efforts with the low achiever. This evaluation is essential if only to show the general ineffectiveness of current developmental or remedial programs. Junior colleges will have to face the challenge of demonstrated student learning as the one criterion for the success of any program for the low achiever. In short, the open-door policy is justified only if the college provides valuable educational experiences for all students admitted and makes student learning a major institutional goal. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.