ERIC Number: ED111478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Compensatory Education: Relationship of Curriculum and Faculty to Student Retention. Seminar Proceedings.
Groves, Cecil L.; Carroll, Frank T., Jr.
The "open-door" policy of community colleges has resulted in the three interrelated problems of student recruitment, student retention, and student placement. In order to identify and analyze factors which cause the separation of "new" students from the community college, a one-day seminar was conducted at Southern University in May of 1973. Keynote addresses dealt with the impact of faculty on student retention and the importance of curriculum. A summary is made of positive and negative impacts of compensatory instruction in 18 community colleges with such programs. The meeting of "new" students' non-academic needs greatly determines their academic performance. Retention will not be achieved within the rigidities of the traditional academic system, but change need not mean a lowering of standards. Rather, what is needed is a change in attitudes toward persons who, regardless of backgrounds, wish to find their places in a contemporary society which is polycultural and heterogeneous rather than class-oriented and somewhat homogeneous. Colleges must keep curriculum requirements flexible and responsive to the needs of those concerned. Not only should revisions be continual, but everyone concerned, including students, should be involved. Appended are the observations of discussion groups and a list of participants. (NHM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gulf Regional Interstate Collegiate Consortium.
Note: Seminar held at Southern University in New Orleans, May 2, 1973