ERIC Number: ED128028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Will There Be a Community College in the Year 2000? Topical Paper No. 5.
Cohen, Arthur M.
In the year 2000, there will be approximately 1,400 community colleges in the United States. This estimate is based on extrapolation of the "saturated" models evident in such states as Florida, Washington, California, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and New York, where a campus is within commuting distance of 90-95% of the state's population. Major changes in organizational form are not anticipated, although the most prominent form will be the local institution founded and organized by a local governing board and receiving some state assistance. Employee bargaining units and professionalization of management will remove the last vestiges of paternalism. Although the economy controls the job market, the community college will continue in the field of adult education and will attempt to effect firmer liaisons with proprietary schools. In terms of curricula, short-term, non-sequential, modular courses will gain ground while credit for experience practices will diminish. The current practice of institutions offering similar programs or duplicating services will persist and become an even greater problem. The job of instruction will depart from the present model and more part-timers, para-professionals, and 40-hour-a-week-do-it-all instructors will have their efforts supplemented by a very few full-time faculty. (JDS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Coll. of Education.
Note: Topical Paper Series 1976-77