ERIC Number: ED181989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-19
Reference Count: 0
New Decade, New Campus, New Issues.
Cohen, Arthur M.
Community colleges, in order to maintain a credible place within higher education during the 1980's, will have to integrate arts and sciences instruction into a curriculum provided for an increasing percentage of non-transfer students. This increase, due to an expected intensification of the competition from universities for a shrinking pool of 18-year-olds, will result in an increased emphasis on remedial, vocational, and community education. In the face of this shift from transfer education, community colleges should guard against the expansion of quasi-educative activities devoid of instructional content and goals. Such activities, including recreational programs, fairs, and the offering of credit for experience, fall outside the definition of formal education and reduce institutional credibility in the eyes of the public. Further, colleges must abandon the practice of limiting liberal arts education to academically inclined transfer students. This can be accomplished by: (1) sharing in the activities of liberal arts organizations such as the Community College Humanities Association, (2) providing interdisciplinary liberal arts courses, (3) offering liberal arts non-credit options, and (4) incorporating liberal arts instruction into vocational and remedial programs. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech presented to faculty and staff of Oakton College (Morton Grove, IL, February 19, 1980)