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ERIC Number: ED071660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 16
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The Community Renewal College.
Harlacher, Ervin L.
The community college should be the catalyst to reverse the downward trend of community change. A community renewal college would serve as a change agent for the betterment of life conditions at the local level. Such a college would unite and improve the community by bringing its residents together and teaching them the attitudes, skills, and knowledge they need to better themselves and society. Community colleges have tried to mitigate the elitism of 4-year colleges, but even they have emphasized degree-oriented curricula. In a community renewal college, students would learn to want to learn, not to get a degree but to gain the necessary tools for a productive life. Three types of learning locales in addition to the central campus would be provided: (1) learning sites all over the community; (2) adjunct centers; and (3) extension centers. Individual learning rates and styles could be accommodated in evaluation and in flexible entry and exit periods for courses. To make this concept effective, all of the college must become more involved in all of the community and vice versa. Community services programs help to accomplish this goal. College administrators must learn to see community problems as shared problems of the campus and must reorder many priorities and rethink many assumptions. At present, however, implementation of the community renewal college concept is hampered by the rules of State education and accreditation agencies. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, NJ.