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ERIC Number: ED111460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 19
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Inequality of Outcomes: Two-Year Educations. Preliminary Draft, Subject to Revision.
Shea, Brent Mack
Because of its lower cost, cultural integration into the community, non-selective admission requirements, and vocational/technical programs, the two-year college has been seen as a way of enrolling students historically underrepresented in higher education. In comparison to his four-year college counterpart, the two-year college student is from a lower-income family, has parents with less schooling, and ranks lower on scales of academic aptitude. One function of two-year colleges is the rechanneling of student aspirations in line with student abilities and labor market demands. This is accomplished through a persuasive guidance approach which reorients students, most often resulting in the redefinition (cooling-out) of transfer students as terminal, vocational education students. Even if education as a certifying agent were abandoned in favor of skill training in business and industry, the author contends that the same inequalities which currently prevent equal access to colleges would prevent equality of access to training programs in the private sector. Thus, despite the unsavory implications of "people processing," the idea of a better fit between educational and occupational spheres is attractive and desirable. (NHM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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