ERIC Number: ED160157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
The Community Colleges: Challenge to the Churches. Perspectives on the Church and the Community College, Paper Number Fourteen.
Sleeper, C. Freeman
The traditional commitment of churches to higher education has been challenged by several trends within society and within the public colleges, including a narrowing notion of culture in liberal arts education, a growing recognition of cultural relativism, the trends toward equal access to education and toward vocationalism, the questioning of the meaning of work and job satisfaction, and the impact of economic scarcity. However, the basis for church commitment remains strong because of new opportunities to support colleges in their role of agents of social change and their concern for student values. The challenges which face the community colleges represent these opportunities and include meeting needs of the diversity of students, balancing vocational and technological education with liberal education, tending to the personal and learning problems of students, and balancing humanistic educational philosophy and pluralistic social theory in higher education. The responses of churches to these situations involve viewing the college as a moral community; and accepting as the mission of humanistic education to preserve and transmit culture, prepare persons for citizenship, increase consciousness of self and environment, stimulate creativity, and critique contemporary society. (MB)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Church Responsibility, Church Role, Churches, College Role, Community Colleges, General Education, Humanistic Education, Individual Development, Religion, Social Change, Student Responsibility, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
United Ministries in Higher Education, 3 West 29th Street, Room 708, New York, New York 10001 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Ministries in Higher Education, Portland, OR.