ERIC Number: ED148418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Resurgence of Occupational Education. Topical Paper Number 65.
The phenomenal growth in enrollments in occupational courses since the early Sixties signals a new direction for the community college movement. From a predominantly baccalaureate-oriented institution the community college has become an occupational-oriented institution. The statistics on the college, state, and national level attest to this phenomenon. Until the Sixties enrollments in the vocational and technical courses ranked a low second to enrollments in the transfer courses. Today, it is not unusual to find colleges, even entire state systems, whose occupational enrollments exceed transfer enrollments. It is too early for obsequies over the transfer function but the evidence indicates that occupational education is becoming the community college's major function in terms of credit enrollment. For the next five years enrollments in vocational education will at least equal enrollments in transfer education, a realistic balance in terms of the aptitude and economic status of students and the differentiation of functions among higher education institutions. Enrollments in both of them however may be lower than enrollments in community, adult and developmental education. The danger to the transfer function lies more in the growth of the community education movement than in the growth of occupational education. (Author/LH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Community Education, Economic Climate, Educational History, Educational Trends, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Rate, General Education, State of the Art Reviews, Statistical Data, Technical Education, Terminal Students, Transfer Programs, Transfer Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.