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ERIC Number: ED139477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Some Thoughts on the State of Community College Education at the Start of Its Fourth Quarter Century.
Reid, Alban E.
This paper compares the realities of present-day community colleges with the assumptions generally made about them a decade ago, and concludes that the profile of the community college of 1968 no longer fits the institution of today. The concepts of comprehensiveness and accessibility laid out in the original state plans are now being questioned on financial grounds, the increased proportion of state financial support has not offset inflation, and state functions in coordination and establishing standards have expanded to the regulation of almost every facet of college operation. Financial constraints have caused some colleges to restrict enrollments, to raise tuition equal to that of public universities, and to halt growth in technical and semi-professional programs. Under the guise of "improving academic standards" the open door is slamming shut across the nation; services to aid the under-educated are being curtailed or discontinued. Although community colleges are represented in state higher education councils, they are viewed unsympathetically as consumers of scarce resources rightly belonging to traditional institutions serving "regular" students. Local authority and control are eroding. The commitment of the community colleges to the ideals that brought them into being is tending to fade; unless they can sustain their own sense of direction they will lose their integrity in a morass of statewide planning and institutional homogeneity. (JDS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Illinois Community College Presidents' Workshop (St. Charles, Illinois, May 5-7, 1977)