ERIC Number: ED235848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Future of the Open Door: A Presentation for ACCT.
Richardson, Richard C., Jr.
The open door of the community college too often becomes a revolving door when student needs are not met and program quality decreases. Case studies highlight instances in which community colleges' open access policies, teamed with inadequate advising and hard-sell recruitment tactics, can frustrate the goal achievement of underprepared students. A response by community colleges to the issue of open access should resolve questions related to: (1) defining the competencies needed for a reasonable chance of success in each program offered; (2) assessing students to determine if they have the requisite competencies and to place them appropriately; (3) providing alternative programs for students lacking minimum competencies; (4) analyzing the length of time students must pursue remedial programs and other alternatives before they are told if they qualify for their first choice programs; (5) providing accurate information regarding pre-programs and chances of admission to programs of original choice; (6) offering skills programs to help improve student employability; and (7) obtaining adequate funding for services provided for underprepared students. Attempts to serve all students without regard to their preparation for the services offered increase the difficulty of providing the educational quality and depth needed by those with the ability to derive the maximum benefit from the community college. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association of Community College Trustees, (14th, Phoenix, AZ, October 12-16, 1983).