ERIC Number: ED242365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Promise and Reality of Women in Community Colleges.
Bers, Trudy H.
Highlighting the attributes of community colleges that attract women as students, faculty, and administrators, this paper examines the role of women in these institutions and the societal, educational, and economic trends affecting their participation. First, the mission, philosophy, and attributes of community colleges are discussed, and the argument is presented that access, linkages to the community, low cost, flexibility, adaptiveness to the needs of part-time students, and emphasis on teaching make the community colleges particularly inviting for women. Next, a profile of women community college students is presented, and services to women are examined in eight key areas; i.e., counseling programs/services, academic skills advisement and assessment, vocational and career counseling, financial information assistance, family relations and parenting, job searches, direct services, and academic programs and services. The following three sections examine the participation of women as community college faculty members, administrators, and trustees, emphasizing the advances made by women in these areas, the discrimination that continues to exist, and the personal and structural factors inhibiting women's advancement. The final section discusses the trends likely to affect women's opportunities and achievements in the community colleges in the coming years. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the American Educational Research Association to the Special Interest Group on Women in Education (Tempe, AZ, November 3-5, 1983).