ERIC Number: ED073765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Public Two-Year College and the Culturally Different.
Morrison, James L.; Ferrante, Reynolds
Social unrest and an increasing demand for trained manpower are major reasons for the development of compensatory education programs at all levels of formal education and for the recent significant increase in the number of two-year colleges. There is an increasing awareness among culturally different (disadvantaged) groups that they have not had the same opportunity to compete in the contest for upward mobility as other Americans. Public two-year colleges, if they serve these groups, provide such opportunities and prevent the threat to the social order these groups can present. A study was conducted to explore the extent to which two-year colleges are committed to open admissions policies, comprehensive curricula, and compensatory education programs. A sample of public two-year colleges were surveyed via questionnaire. Results showed that: (1) almost all two-year colleges have personal, academic, vocational-occupational, and job placement counseling; (2) only about half have the curricular offerings and admissions policies expected of public community colleges; (3) 12 percent have special courses in ethnic studies; and (4) about half have special programs for the academically disadvantaged. It is recommended that colleges recruit in the ghettos, devote more resources to training faculty to deal with disadvantaged minority group students, and develop more courses in ethnic studies. (KM)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25-March 1, 1973)