ERIC Number: ED242355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Critical Issues Facing the Community College.
Koltai, Leslie; Wolf, David B.
Resulting from a 2-day conference held to discuss the most critical issues facing community colleges, this paper provides summaries of the participants' conclusions regarding finance, access, quality, and technology. The first section reviews the relationship between mission and finance, asserting that proper institutional support includes moving away from funding mechanisms that are primarily enrollment driven and diversifying sources of support to protect against future funding crises. The next section reflects the participants' concerns about access to education, suggesting that community colleges introduce technological improvements, view clients as consumers, search for effective ways to integrate counseling and instruction, and develop leadership for student services. The impact of new technologies on the community colleges is discussed next, focusing on changes in curriculum, classroom activities, costs, and the need to balance organizational benefits against the perceived costs of increased technology use. The next section examines concerns about quality, recommending that greater care be taken in curriculum structuring, that vocational programs adopt more stringent standards, and that reforms emerging in secondary education be noted. Finally, additional themes emerging from the conference related to the community college mission, the need for public assistance, and new relationships with schools of education that research the community college are highlighted. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Summary of the Colloquium on the Critical Issues Facing the Community Colleges (Los Angeles, CA, February 9-10, 1984).