ERIC Number: ED267858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Summary of Regional Conferences: Increasing Minority Access to the Licensed Professions through Two-Year College Programs.
State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.
In 1984-85, a cooperative project was undertaken in New York to address the issue of minority access to those professions that can be entered through two-year college programs (e.g., animal health technology, certified shorthand reporting, dental hygienist, land surveying, and physical therapist assistant). Project activities were guided by a central steering committee and five regional steering committees. Anticipated outcomes of the project were: increased awareness of Regents of the State of New York's goals and activities relating to the problem of minority access to the professions; increased commitment at local levels to undertake activities to increase access to two-year college programs; identification of activities that are feasible for local educators and professionals to undertake; and identification of useful and feasible state-level actions to address the problem. The major activity undertaken to achieve project outcomes was a series of five regional conferences, which involved educators, professionals, and community agency personnel. At the heart of the conferences were small group discussions which generated recommendations for action in the following areas: career awareness, attitudes, academic performance, institutional responsibilities, community resources, and state policies and practices. Across regions many recommendations had a similarity of response to certain generally perceived needs (e.g., the need for more accurate and effective career information and materials, and the need for more active involvement of minority educators and professionals as role models). The project report provides summary statements of recommendations developed in the small group sessions, as well as a discussion of their implications. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Grants Administration.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.