ERIC Number: ED259610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Literacy in a College Setting.
Richardson, Richard C., Jr.
A three-year study on the impact of admitting underprepared community college students on academic standards is reviewed, along with implications for postsecondary education. In summarizing factors contributing to a reduced emphasis on critical literacy at the community college, attention was directed to changes in institutional characteristics caused by changes in both the external environment and administrative policies. The study found that: (1) administrators emphasized course enrollments because of an enrollment-driven funding formula; (2) developing new programs to serve a more diverse student body while funds were restricted resulted in strategies to conserve funds, including the increased use of part-time faculty; and (3) because faculty were confronted with great diversity in student preparation and student objectives, they tested students for low-level cognitive objectives with multiple choice examinations, without requiring students to acquire or practice critical literacy skills. The questions of whether other community colleges face similar problems and whether critical literacy has declined in four-year institutions are addressed. Also considered are literacy and access issues at the urban community college and public urban university. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the American Association of Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 17, 1985).