ERIC Number: ED154849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-22
Reference Count: 0
The Case for General Education in Community Colleges.
Cohen, Arthur M.
General education is the process of developing a framework on which to place knowledge stemming from various sources, of learning to think critically, develop values, understand traditions, and respect diverse cultures and opinions. Its rationale is the freedom enjoyed by an informed citizen. General education has had an unstable history due to shifts in organizing principles, failure of consistent definition, lack of leadership, inroads made by excessive departmentalization, the decline of literacy, among others--all problems more pronounced in community colleges than in universities. The crosscurrents affecting community colleges generally also affect their involvement with general education. The race is on between courses and anti-courses; curriculum is in jeopardy of disintegrating into a set of haphazard events. The key question is not whether general education will survive, but for whom and how. It must be put together in a fashion that serves the various types of students attending community colleges. A general education curriculum demands a faculty group working together, a program head, vertical integration, and its own budget. It should provide modules and specially designed courses for occupational students, integrated thematic courses for transfer students, and special problems courses for the growing number of adult drop-ins. (BB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Forum on Future Purposes, Content, and Formats for the General Education of Community College Students (Montgomery College, Maryland, May 22, 1978)