ERIC Number: ED280546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
A Concept Paper on Critical Issues in the Community College: Access, Assessment, and Developmental Education.
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
This three-part concept paper was the result of a colloquium, during which 35 community college educators met in Traverse City, Michigan, to discuss issues related to access, assessment, and developmental education and to develop concept papers and recommendations for each topic. First, introductory material describes the colloquium and its objectives, and attempts to provide an idea of the participants' emotional and deeply personal involvement in the issues and the event. After noting the interdependence of the concepts under consideration, the paper addresses the open door philosophy of the community college, arguing that without supportive programs to ensure students' success, the goal of educational equality is not achieved. Recommendations for action are presented next, focusing on community needs assessment; intervention strategies; inservice staff development; and research needs. The next sections deal with issues and challenges related to student assessment, proposing a philosophy and definition of testing and offering recommendations for the development of comprehensive and systematic assessment programs for all students. Finally, the paper considers the role of developmental education in the community colleges, redefining the concept, identifying specific characteristics of successful programs, listing advantages of effective programs, and offering recommendations with respect to program evaluation, student-teacher ratios, ongoing staff development, comprehensive student support services, teacher qualifications, learning modes, business-industry programs, college credit, and other areas. (EJV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Presented to the AACJC Board of Directors by the American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges, National Community College Hispanic Council, National Council on Black American Affairs, National Council of Instructional Administrators, and National Council on Student Development (in cooperation with the American College Testing Program and the National Association of Developmental Educators).