ERIC Number: ED202297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study No. 1: The "Without Walls" Type: Community College of Vermont.
Smith, Peter P.
The Community College of Vermont (CCV), which was established in 1970, is described. CCF is a community-based, competency-based college without a campus directed primarily to adults who previously have found access to postsecondary education to be difficult. Classes are offered in various types of locations in the community, and instructors are paid on a per-course basis and usually hold full-time jobs in the community, practicing the skills they teach. The CCV staff operates from one central administrative office and nine field offices located throughout the state. Counselors and coordinators of instruction also provide essential services. CCV students receive neither grades nor credits; the associate degree is awarded on the basis of demonstrated skills and the acquisition of competencies defined in advance through a contract. Assessment is accomplished through student self-evaluation, evaluation by instructors, consultation with counselors, and periodic meetings with a review committee composed of a student, CCV staff member, community instructor, and community member chosen by the student. Three programs lead to an associate degree: administrative services, human services, and general studies. CCV provides different types of students with a variety of instructional settings: classes, experiential learning, independent study, and on-the-job training. A fifth instructional model is the cluster, a support group of students who meet together regularly to discuss personal concerns. CCV became accredited in 1975 and since its inception the college has needed to deal with four general issues: institutional legitimacy, financing, duplication of effort, and program quality. In addition to considering these concerns, a case study of a student is presented. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.