ERIC Number: ED165845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-4
Reference Count: 0
Current Research on Small/Rural Community Colleges: Separating Fact from Fiction.
Cohen, Arthur M.
In examining research on the characteristics and problems of small/rural community colleges, one finds that a consistent definition of 'rural' does not exist, and that most research has traditionally focused on the differences between private and public colleges, not between small and large institutions. Research indicates that: (1) classes tend to be smaller in the private colleges (most of which have fewer than 1500 students) with the instructors using less reproducible media; (2) there is a much higher percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees (many doctors of divinity) in the private institutions as well as a higher percentage of part-time faculty; and (3) private and small public institutions are underrepresented in political science, Spanish, philosophy, and interdisciplinary humanities curricula. The literature on small/rural community colleges focuses on problems of finding job sites for cooperative education students and locating factory equipment for occupational students to practice on; the lack of a pool of people from whom to draw part-time instructors; funding limits due to low enrollment; and the overburden of tasks required of administrators. The literature also reveals that the rural college is often a cultural center, and frequently has easier access to private foundation funds. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Small/Rural Colleges (1st, Blacksburg, Virginia, August, 1978)