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ERIC Number: ED172899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Cooling Out Function Reconsidered.
Clowes, Darrel; Levin, Bernard
"Cooling out" was identified in 1960 as a specific function of the community college in redirecting students who experienced academic failure. The "soft" cooling out process, which re-directs students into less demanding curricula or out of the college through counseling and advising rather than academic discipline, will increasingly become a reality in the four-year college and university as patterns of student attendance change. There are indications that many recent high school graduates who previously would not have attended college or would have attended a two-year institution are now entering four-year schools, and these students bring new goals, needs, and requirements. If patterns of student attendance change as suggested, three areas need to be reconsidered. First, each institution needs to consider the cooling out function and its appropriateness to the college's mission. Second, student personnel staff must be trained in academic advising and career guidance to strengthen the work done in these areas by faculty. Third, there must be options within the college curriculum to serve a diverse student body. Consideration must be given to alternatives to the traditional academic and liberal arts curricula to make remedial, professional, and career education more available, even within the four-year colleges and universities. (Author/DR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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