ERIC Number: ED308904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
The Barriers Project.
Confederation Coll. of Applied Arts and Technology, Thunder Bay (Ontario).
In 1987, the Barriers Project was initiated by Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology to engage 31 selected community colleges in Canada in an organized self-appraisal of institutional barriers to the enrollment of part-time credit students. From the outset, colleges were encouraged to limit their investigation to barriers over which the college had control. By the end of the first six months, it was clear that all of the colleges, regardless of size, location, and mandate, shared common concerns about improving conditions for part-time learners. The most commonly identified issues included the following: (1) the need for colleges to explore alternative times and locations for the delivery of programs; (2) the need to market part-time opportunities within the community; (3) the need to provide part-time students with the same services (e.g., counseling, bookstore, cafeteria, and property maintenance) as full-time students; and (4) the need to develop systems for the assessment of prior learning by offering challenge tests, making credits from other postsecondary institutions transferable, and giving credit for experience. Among the specific barriers to enrollment identified by the colleges, 36% were categorized as operational. Barriers included limited course selections, scheduling problems, unavailability of support services, lack of information and communication, poor marketing and advertising, and inadequate counseling, orientation, and remedial services. Another 15.6% of the barriers related to institutional policy, 11% to attitudes, 9.46% to social conditions, and 7.42% to student finances. The project report includes brief descriptions of the methods and findings of the self-assessments of the 31 colleges and an article, "Prior Learning Assessment in Quebec Colleges," by Robert Isabelle and Francine Landry. (JMC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Enrollment Influences, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Part Time Students, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student College Relationship, Student Recruitment, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
The Bookstore, Confederation College, P.O. Box 398, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada P7C 4W1 ($6.00 Canadian). Also available in French.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Confederation Coll. of Applied Arts and Technology, Thunder Bay (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada