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ERIC Number: ED035399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Pages: 10
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Relevancy of the Community College.
Doran, Kenneth T.
The speaker traces the history of early academies in New York State, with their several forms and functions, until the establishment of the public community college under the State University Law of 1948. Its students now make up 60% of the University's enrollment. According to the State Regents, it should (1) be supported as providing a broader public post-secondary educational opportunity; (2) be open to all high-school graduates (or equivalent), operated at low cost, and reasonably accessible to commuters; (3) offer general, transfer, occupational, terminal, adult, and continuing education, as well as guidance and counseling; and (4) provide its own distinct services and not be converted to 4-year status. The comprehensive college, offering both transfer and technical programs, can best accommodate (1) future needs of higher education, (2) the increasing heterogeneity of ability of high school graduates, (3) the growing group of semi-professionals. A recent criticism of the 2-year system maintained that it is no longer viable for the cities and recommended a looser time schedule to fit the student's talents, whether he needs one year or seven. In reply, the speaker defends the structure, pointing out that it gives a sensible, dignified stopping place for those who "reach their natural limits" in less than four years after high school. From this point of view, the community college is relevant to student needs in all its functions--transfer, general education, and middle-range career preparation. (HH)
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Identifiers - Location: New York