ERIC Number: ED202268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
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Off-Campus Students, Our Second-Class Citizens: Improving Self-Images.
Rowh, Mark C.
Needs of off-campus students in Southern West Virginia, and specifically students enrolled at Bluefield State College, are considered. The computer college has several off-campus locations, including one 60 miles away, and it serves a population that tends to have low educational attainment levels. One environmental factor that influences student attitudes is the classroom site, which in the rural setting may be located in a poorly maintained public building or store. Organizational factors, such as size of the off-campus center, student services, and course offerings, also influence student perceptions and self-images. Student characteristics need to be assessed in understanding student perceptions. In the Bluefield State service area, off-campus students show a high degree of economic need and American College Test scores significantly below the state average, which is in turn lower than the national norm. It is suggested that in addition to needing access to counselors, students must have adequate opportunities to provide feedback to administrators. Steps taken at McDowell County to improve the off-campus situation are noted, including establishing a permanent secretarial position, using a newly established full-time faculty position in a liaison capacity, and implementing an individualized instructional center. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Commuter Colleges, Commuting Students, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Counseling, Educational Quality, Educationally Disadvantaged, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Off Campus Facilities, Rural Areas, Self Esteem, State Colleges, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Needs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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