ERIC Number: ED281907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Contemporary Issues in Community Colleges: A Synopsis.
Cohen, Arthur M.
This report presents background on community college development and discusses four areas of concern. The first area is maintaining access for all students. Trends are toward tightening criteria for attendance. Colleges in some states will be forced to make clearer distinctions among the student groups they serve and for whom they expect to receive public funds. Minimal criteria will be established and placement will be mandated. The second issue is effecting student flow. Colleges will probably become more vigorous in separating students, courses, and programs into more defensible categories for purposes of funding. Current classifications such as college credit, occupational, remedial, adult, and community services are inadequate. The third concern is preserving a comprehensive curriculum. College internal organization will move toward alignment on the basis of curricular content as modified by students' intent and goals. The fourth issue is maintaining an appropriate teaching staff. Faculty employment and evaluation criteria will remain essentially unchanged. The university graduate divisions and the occupational and business communities will continue as the primary source of new instructors. Pay scales will continue to reflect college credits earned and years of experience. Teaching will move slowly toward becoming a cooperative endeavor. A list of references is included. (PS)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
Note: In: Trends and Issues in Education, 1986 (see UD 025 435).