ERIC Number: ED277428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb-1
Reference Count: 0
Community College Involvement in the Education of Adults: A Progress Report Submitted to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Cohen, Arthur M.
In fall 1986, as part of a study of community college involvement in the education of adults, telephone interviews were conducted with administrators responsible for continuing education and community services at 95 randomly selected public, two-year colleges. The interviews sought information on enrollment trends, funding, and course initiation in the areas of adult basic education (ABE), short-term vocational classes, continuing education for professionals, recreational and avocational courses, customized job training, distance learning, and programs for special populations. Among the major findings were: (1) 98% of the colleges offered short-term vocational courses, and 94% offered continuing education for professionals; (2) during fall 1986, the responding colleges served 271,400 adults in the seven program areas covered by the survey; (3) short-term vocational training, professional continuing education, and customized job training accounted for 49% of enrollments; (4) in terms of past and projected enrollments, ABE was the fastest growing area; (5) three factors were found to influence program trends; i.e., decisions by the college staff, decreased state reimbursement for recreational/avocational courses, and the use of off-campus facilities; (6) limited staff time was found to be a major constraint on the initiation of new contracted programs with business and industry; and (7) ABE and vocational training were the programs most often subsidized with state or federal monies. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.