ERIC Number: ED104477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Community-Based Educational Experiences for Community Colleges.
Gollattscheck, James F.
The following descriptive characteristics form the groundwork for a working definition of the concept of community-based education: (1) access to all; (2) continuous service to the learner throughout his life; (3) values and priorities based on the needs of the people; (4) recognition of the market; (5) flexibility; and (6) performance orientation. Several prominent authorities' views of community-based education are noted; the idea of the college and the community as partners in the educational endeavor is the common emphasis of all their views. Extrapolating from other definitions, the author defines community-based education as an educational system which uses the community as its base--its organizational center, its creative source, its chief constituent, its underlying concept, and its supporting foundation. The community-based college must look outward toward the learner and the community as it develops goals and objectives, hence there must be room for innovation, flexibility in governance, and a faculty with a commitment to serving the community. Since the ability to analyze the community and its needs are central to this entire concept, several different approaches to needs assessment are noted. A checklist is provided to determine to what extent a particular college or program is community-based. (Author/AH)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Education, Community Involvement, Community Services, Community Study, Competency Based Education, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Governance, Lifelong Learning, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Education, Outreach Programs, School Community Relationship, Student Needs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Address presented at the New Horizons in Community College Occupational-Technical Education Conference (3rd, Blacksburg, Virginia, April 20-22, 1975)