ERIC Number: ED211145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Why Miami-Dade Community College Is Reforming the Educational Program.
McCabe, Robert H.
Profound changes have taken place in American community colleges in the last three decades. During the late 1960s, a desire to remove social inequities and to increase social mobility brought about a general educational liberalization which broadened access to education and limited constraints on passage through the educational system. Falling educational standards in the 1970s, however, led to increased public dissatisfaction and an unwillingness to continue funding at previous levels. To reconcile the conflicting demands of academic excellence and open access constitutes the major challenge to educational policy for the 1980s. In the face of this challenge, in 1975, Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) undertook a three-year study which concluded that a systematic reform of its educational program was necessary to continue the "open door" policy while strengthening academic standards. Six directions for college policy were taken: (1) increased expectations of student performance; (2) more information provided to students on their performance; (3) greater college direction; (4) variable time and variable service programs for students; (5) a commitment to maintain standards; and (6) the suspension of students whose performance is inadequate. This rationale for the reform of MDCC's program is appended by a summary presentation of evidence of improved student performance seen one year after the educational reforms were implemented. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL.