ERIC Number: ED107327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Commitment to the Nontraditional Student. Topical Paper No. 51.
Clarke, Johnnie Ruth
In order for junior colleges to attract and retain nontraditional students (ethnic minorities, women, senior citizens, etc.), they must translate institutional commitment into action. Chief administrators must make their attitudes toward nontraditional students known to all college personnel if the climate for learning is to improve. Those who recruit nontraditional students must be aware of various cultures and life styles, must command total knowledge of college operations, academic requirements, curriculum, and job markets, and must honestly present financial aid possibilities. Registration procedures must be improved to facilitate admissions. Counselors should provide the student with a caring image of the college and should help underwrite student success through careful and non-threatening diagnosis and placement. Study programs should be individualized according to academic skills and interests; career-oriented curricula, learning styles, flexible scheduling, and performance objectives should also be emphasized in educating nontraditional students. Teacher-training should give future instructors a more accurate picture of nontraditional student needs and characteristics. Also, in order to fully integrate nontraditional students into the college, they should be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. (DC)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.