ERIC Number: ED241074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Improving Opportunities for Earning the Baccalaureate Degree for Urban Students.
Richardson, Richard C., Jr.
Strong enrollments in career programs have led many to conclude that occupational training is, and should be, the premier function of a community college--a belief that is supported by the ways in which community colleges are funded. Though strong technical programs are an important part of what urban community colleges offer to their students, access to the baccalaureate degree remains the most important opportunity these institutions can provide. Colleges seeking to advance the transfer function have attempted to correct some of the mistakes that have been made in the interests of increasing enrollments and maintaining fiscal stability. Some of the most promising directions being taken in this area are: (1) colleges are beginning to reemphasize the importance of the transfer function; (2) they are beginning to require the same literacy skills and academic preparation for those who enter transfer programs as for those entering career programs; (3) they are re-establishing strong orientation programs for students who intend to transfer; (4) they are working with state coordinating boards, urban universities, and feeder high schools to establish clearly defined and better supported paths to the baccalaureate; (5) they are emphasizing skills that are required by advanced courses in remedial programs; and (6) they are concentrating available resources on students with the willingness and ability to use them to greatest advantage. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the Ford Foundation (Los Angeles, CA, February 3-4, 1984).