ERIC Number: ED124235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-18
Reference Count: 0
Community College Community Services: The Question of Accountability.
Griffith, Ronald L.
Exemplary community service programs are isolated and relatively few in number. Furthermore, the motivating stimulus for most exceptional community service activities has not been the concern of community college governing boards, administrators, or state politicians, but instead has been the availability of federal or foundation funding sources. Excluding programs funded from external sources, community colleges have not generally been accountable to the broad heterogenous community that they are designed to serve. Although community colleges offer some of the services of an area university, and some of the services of an area vocational school, many have been unable to identify and clarify the community college's one truly unique mission--community services. To be accountable, community colleges must conduct frequent community needs assessments, and take appropriate follow-up action. At present, community colleges have very little community services accountability, and unless we can interrupt the traditional credit-hour fixation, influence funding patterns, and design new yardsticks for measuring community college productivity, there is little hope for improvement. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (Washington, D.C., March 17-19, 1976)