ERIC Number: ED246957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges in the South. Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges Occasional Paper; Volume 2, Number 2.
Wattenbarger, James L.
Information and statistics on community colleges in the southern United States are presented in this paper. First, trends in the member states of the Southern Regional Education Board (i.e., Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia) are presented, including a ninefold increase in student enrollments between 1963 and 1982; an increase in the number of community colleges from 222 to 413 during the same period; and an increase in the proportion of national community college enrollments coming from the 14 southern states from 16% in 1963 to 27% in 1982. Next, profiles of community college education in each of the states are presented, including data on the number of colleges in the state, enrollment trends over the last two decades and projections for the future, brief histories of developments in the community colleges in the last 20 years, the strengths and weaknesses of the colleges, and strategies for future consolidation and growth. Finally, a summary of trends and problems in the colleges highlights a change in seven states from giving little or no attention to community colleges to having well-developed state systems; minority student participation at the colleges at levels equal to or higher than their ratio to the total population; and the need to improve developmental/remedial education and articulation with secondary schools. (HB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Regional Characteristics, Regional Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Editor, Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges Occasional Papers, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA 22901 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges.