ERIC Number: ED161581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Invisible Wall: A Report on the Status of the Rural Community College in America.
Vineyard, Edwin E.
Small, rural community junior colleges, comprising half of America's community-junior college movement, have special characteristics, problems, and needs which have been ignored by governmental and policy-making bodies. Educational delivery at the community college level suffers unique problems because it takes place in a milieu of sparse population and limited opportunities for employment, cultural activities, and full social services. On the other hand, these colleges have a great opportunity to initiate and conduct programs and services to enhance educational, economic, cultural, recreational, and civic development in rural areas. It is recommended that the following principles adopted by the Task Force on Rural Community Colleges be circulated to public boards, agencies, legislatures, and Congress: (1) equal educational opportunity demands that public policy-making bodies provide for comprehensive curriculum and service programs in all community colleges regardless of size or geographic location; (2) equity in funding depends on allowing for higher operation costs per unit in smaller, rural community colleges; (3) accreditation evaluation should be done by representatives from peer institutions; (4) federal funds are not equalizing education for students of two-year colleges (in fact, existing inequalities are increasing); and (5) development of rural community college literature and a research base is vital. (RS)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Delivery Systems, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Equal Education, Equalization Aid, Federal Aid, Financial Problems, Government Role, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Youth, Small Colleges, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: A presentation of the Task Force on Rural Community Colleges of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges