ERIC Number: ED263961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-8
Reference Count: 0
Community Colleges: Institutions of the Past or for the Future?
Rushing, Joe B.
The history of the community college is a source of pride and satisfaction for those who have been involved in the movement. Among their past achievements community colleges can count their role in democratizing higher education, opening the door to economic improvement, facilitating the social assimilation of immigrant groups, and giving visibility and dignity to career education and to the world of work. If community colleges are to become institutions for the future, several changes will be required. Community colleges must not only respond and adapt to societal change, but take the initiative to bring about needed changes. They must live up to their reputations as teaching institutions without losing contact with relevant research. Intellectual integrity also must be on the agenda for the future, so that community colleges can be confident about the quality of their work, particularly when competing with universities. In addition, the future requires maintaining important philosophical and practical characteristics, including open access, personal attention and service, and responsiveness to the community. The choice between whether community colleges will be institutions of the past or colleges for the future rests in the hands of those who are a part of community colleges today. (EJV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Florida Association of Community Colleges (36th, Tampa, FL, November 6-9, 1985).