ERIC Number: ED068096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Urban Multi-Unit Community Colleges: Adaptation for the '70s.
Palola, Ernest G.; Oswald, Arthur R.
This study examines the relationship between the organizational structure of multi-unit community college districts and the performance of urban campuses in serving disadvantaged students. Emphasis is on the expanding functions and changing structure of urban community colleges, the relationship between district office and district colleges, and problems and constraints involved in programing for "new" community college students. Several comprehensive exemplary special programs are discussed in a special chapter. Four key problems found were: (1) the great concern about the possibilities of urban campuses "going black"; (2) the lack of awareness shown by faculty regarding the daily problems and circumstances of life in the ghetto; (3) budgeting models which are not particularly relevant to urban educational programs; and (4) conflict which arises over such matters as basic assumptions and directions, staff recruitment and promotions, assignments, authority relations, and office location. Recommendations were: (1) district offices will be most effective if they act as a coordinating body rather than a governing one; (2) inner-city campuses will be more successful if they have a clearly delimited definition of institutional mission and role and carefully preplanned programs; (3) faculty, to be effective, must be sensitive, knowledgeable and adaptable; (4) community support is needed; and (5) additional sources of money are vitally important. (Author/RN)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.