ERIC Number: ED152358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-10
Reference Count: 0
Administration and the Challenge of Open Enrollment.
Mirabeau, Roch L.
The many problems connected with successful implementation of community college open enrollment involve students, faculty, college resources and basic processes. Together they constitute the challenge posed by open enrollment to administrators. Problems relative to students include low reading and writing abilities, low levels of preparedness and motivation, and lack of academic sophistication. Faculty related problem areas include generating acceptance of students, promoting teaching expertise, facilitating instructional development, and faculty morale. Difficulties associated with resource allocation and basic processes include costs, attrition, fund reallocation, financial aid, registration, academic advisement, retention and grading policies, student-faculty conflict handling, and instructional technology. Maintaining open enrollment policies requires work on the part of the whole college community. Given the right atmosphere, faculty will develop workable answers to existing problems; the role of the administration is to orchestrate these answers. Administration acts to facilitate instruction by being a buffer between political and economic contingencies, on the one hand, and the avowed philosophy, goals, and commitment of the college on the other. The need for cooperation between administration and faculty is paramount. (TR)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Role, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educationally Disadvantaged, Instructional Improvement, Nontraditional Students, Open Enrollment, Resource Allocation, Student Personnel Services, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Humanities Conference on Two-Year Colleges (Boston, Massachusetts, November 10-12, 1977)