ERIC Number: ED308745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Responsibility for Meeting the Needs of Underprepared Students. Caucus Session.
Higbee, Jeanne L.; And Others
Institutional responsibility for assisting underprepared students was discussed in a caucus session. Four questions were addressed as follows: (1) to what extent should colleges and universities be responsible for ameliorating academic deficiencies among high risk students? (2) should separate facilities be established to serve high risk students, or can their needs be met by existing offices and staff position? (3) how can student development professionals meet the counseling needs of these students? and (4) are there steps college and university personnel can be taking to improve academic preparation at the elementary, middle, and high school levels? The consensus among participants in the caucus was that it is the responsibility of institutions of higher education to ameliorate academic deficiencies, and this responsibility does not rest solely with community colleges and other open access institutions. A college or university is responsible for providing those support services necessary to facilitate the success of the students it recruits. While separate facilities and programs may stigmatize high risk students, they may be more likely to serve all the needs of the underprepared. Counselors and advisors can more effectively meet the needs of underprepared students by creating programs which foster the development of the whole person rather than limiting themselves to traditional academic concerns. College and university personnel can reach down to provide programs which enhance skill development and promote positive attitudes toward education among younger students. Contains 81 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American College Personnel Association (Washington, DC, March 1989).