ERIC Number: ED217937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Opportunities for Progress and Change in a Period of Economic Stress.
Godbold, Donald H.
Community colleges face significant challenges posed by a period of financial austerity, educational cutbacks, and a questioning of the fundamental missions of the colleges. To deal with these challenges, the colleges should identify their target student populations, specify the colleges' goals, and tie the concept of open admissions into a process that would enhance the probability of student success. Three types of students should be targeted: degree or certificate students, who may be full- or part-time, transfer or vocational; special interest students attending for personal growth, skills upgrading or licensure; and casual students pursuing self-fulfillment or non-vocational personal goals. The attendance of these students should be subject to a contractual agreement with the college and to satisfactory progress. Additionally, the colleges must develop organizational structures that are streamlined, cost-effective, and efficient. To do so, they should: (1) develop high quality student service programs; (2) establish consortia with other institutions to share scarce resources; (3) develop occupational programs in conjunction with the private sector; (4) foster closer relationships with public and government agencies; (5) be responsive to changes in technology; (6) coordinate and administer community programs and services; and (7) create foundations to raise money for special purposes. Such changes will enable the colleges to progress and to provide access to students who need it most. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Policy Conference on Urban Community Colleges in Transition (Detroit, MI, March 7-9, 1982).