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ERIC Number: ED165842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Student Development--Comprehensive Development of Programs in Small/Rural Community Colleges.
Creamer, Don G.; And Others
Research on student development has shown positive effects of institutional smallness on most student outcome variables. However, no clear relationship of ruralness to these outcome measures has been shown. The limited literature on small/rural community colleges includes two areas relevant to student development: college characteristics, which include factors both advantageous and disadvantageous to student development, and research on undermanning theory, which suggests that undermanned environments increase the involvement and learning of their inhabitants. It can be inferred that small/rural community college have a positive impact on the development of students, though the inference is based on research which reports the collective impact of all types of small colleges. Among the trends in student service operations in small/rural community colleges are: (1) staff organizational relationships are becoming more traditional; (2) the realization that effective planning and wise utilization of resources are not dependent upon large sums of money; (3) admissions and registration functions are being moved to the supervision of the dean of instruction rather than the dean of students; (4) fewer counselors are full-time; and (5) student personnel services and instructional services are being organized under one administrative head. (Recommendations to researchers, policy makers, and faculty are offered.) (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Rural/Small Colleges (1st, Blacksburg, Virginia, August, 1978)