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ERIC Number: ED133008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 13
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State Funding of Community College Community Services Noncredit Offerings: Current Patterns and Problems.
Roed, William
Questionnaires were sent to 23 state directors of community college systems during fall 1976 to determine funding patterns for community college community services noncredit offerings. Eighteen responses were received. Results of the survey indicated that over half of the states do not support community services noncredit courses. At least three states distinguish between hobby/recreational courses (not funded) and general education/adult self-improvement courses (funded) although, in practice, this distinction seems to lead to some difficult judgments. Two interesting developments were noted: (1) transformation of noncredit courses into credit courses for the purposes of securing regular funding; and (2) emphasis on development and offering of courses around specific funding sources. Overall, the survey information revealed a general decrease of state support for community services, confirming the peripheral status of many such programs in their specific institutions. A reversal of this trend might be accomplished through development of coordinating bodies designed to reduce duplication while increasing combined use of facilities, resource people, and publicity channels. Additionally, such a body might increase participation in programs while simultaneously becoming an effective lobbying organization. (Author/JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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