ERIC Number: ED281574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Demographic Imperative: Responding to New Students in Postsecondary Education.
Rendon, Laura I.
To appropriately plan for the year 2000, three major issues must be addressed to reduce the gap between what postsecondary institutions currently have to offer and what the student population will require at that time. First, anticipated increases in the numbers of minority and immigrant students call for action to strengthen efforts to achieve full equity and access by addressing problems such as low retention and transfer rates. Second, these demographic changes require community colleges and senior institutions to address staff, curricular, and related educational policy issues to ensure that there are faculty role models for ethnic minorities, to increase the numbers of minorities in leadership positions, and to improve the quality of minority students' experiences at the college. Finally, postsecondary institutions must guard against a social vision that views new immigrants as "problem groups" and work instead as agents of society to create a responsible and informed citizenry. Racial and ethnic diversity are becoming more and more an integral part of American society, and colleges should do their best to promote dignity and respect for all people, to cultivate thought at both an intellectual and emotional level, and to prepare future leaders. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote presentation at "Affirmative Action at the Crossroads: A Manifesto for Change," a Conference sponsored by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (San Jose, CA, September 26-27, 1986).