ERIC Number: ED248905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Occupational Education and Mathematics: Ownership Makes the Difference.
Warren, William C.; Mahoney, James R.
A discussion is presented of the relationship between community college general education mathematics courses and the technical education curricula they support. Introductory remarks sketch the history and emphasis of community colleges; review President Truman's Commission on Higher Education's recommendations concerning the functions of community colleges; and list the National Commission on Excellence in Education's indicators of risk that are relevant to mathematics and general education. The report then identifies and discusses four areas involved in the process of interaction between mathematics departments and vocational-technical education departments: (1) the establishment of standards for both entrance and exit competencies; (2) the evaluation of incoming students relative to entrance competencies; (3) the specification of remediation for those not qualifying for unconditional entrance; and (4) the maintenance of standards in determining academic progress. The problems and issues inherent in each one of these areas are addressed, and solutions are suggested which focus on the concept of "ownership," that is, the responsibility an instructor, department, or institution accepts for the success or the deficiencies demonstrated by the graduates of a program. The paper concludes with the argument that "ownership" must be accepted by general education faculty as well as vocational/technical faculty. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Sloan Foundation Conference on New Directions in Two-Year College Mathematics (Atherton, CA, July 11-14, 1984).