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ERIC Number: ED178138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Shaping History or Falling Into It? Reflections on the Faculty's Role in Continuing Education--Community Services.
Watson, Rollin J.
The dichotomy perceived in American life between the "man of fact" and the "man of idea" is mirrored in the rift between a college's administration and its faculty. This rift has resulted, on the community college level, in a lack of faculty involvement in planning for continuing education and community service programs. Financial and political pressures reduce such planning to the fulfillment of full-time equivalent student quotas and the preparation of reports for bureaucratic agencies. The involvement of academic as well as administrative personnel is essential if a college is to maintain a balance of practicality and humanism in its mission of community service. This can be achieved through the development of channels of communication between the faculty and the continuing education office, the designation of a faculty member to monitor each course, and the protection of course and program integrity. The practicality/humanism balance is further protected by periodical assessment of the college's commitment to a concept of community service which stresses (1) people before statistics, (2) the utilization of the interdisciplinary nature of this concept to create a humanistic force in the community, and (3) the maintenance of standards of excellence in humanities curricula despite egalitarian, open door policies. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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