ERIC Number: ED258636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Institutional Commitment to Affirmative Action.
Rushing, Joe B.; Johnson, Erma C.
Tarrant County Junior College (TCJC) was organized in 1965. It adopted its first affirmative action plan in 1973 and has had a plan ever since. Although neither controversial nor wholeheartedly accepted by everyone, the plan has worked. In 1973, 13.9% of TCJC's employees were minority group members; in 1985, there are 1,280 employees with 21.4% minority, with the major percentage increases among faculty and professional groups. The following affirmative action/equal opportunity efforts are among those that have proved effective at TCJC: (1) appointment of a person within the higher ranks of the institution who is responsible for the administration of the affirmative action/equal opportunity activities; (2) appointment of minority group employees in high ranking positions; (3) creation of a welcoming climate; (4) inclusion of minorities as program participants and guests at public programs such as graduations, dedications, and public forums; (5) placement of advertisements in the media to ensure that minority communities are aware of the college; (6) inclusion of minorities in all official publications of the college; (7) communication of the school's commitment to affirmative action to all of the people at the college and to the general public; (8) review of all policies and procedures to assure that they are fair and appear to be fair; (9) advertisement of vacant positions to let employees know what the college's employment needs are; and (10) provision of opportunities for employees to air their grievances, ask questions, and get straight answers. Charts showing affirmative action gains of TCJC are included. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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