ERIC Number: ED309816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Continuing Mission and Future Role of Community Services and Continuing Education in Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges: A Policy Statement of the National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education.
Ireland, Jackie; And Others
Developed as part of a reexamination of the mission and goals of community services and continuing education, this paper reviews the history of the National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education (NCCSCE), presents the conceptual framework within which the Council developed its 1988 policy statement, provides the statement itself, and offers recommendations for advancing community services/continuing education on a national level. The first section describes the creation of the NCCSCE in January 1969, and efforts made in the past three years to reexamine the Council's role and assess the current and future position of community services/continuing education within the two-year college mission. The next section discusses the programmatic and fiscal status of community services and continuing education, drawing from a 1987 national survey of presidents and administrators. Next, an overview is provided of demographic trends, technological issues, and economic concerns influencing the future direction of the field. The NCCSCE's policy statement is presented next, stressing that the Council "advocates a new scenario that asserts that community services and continuing education (A) be defined in terms of the approach to education necessary to enter the information age of the 21st Century, (B) be a major distinct institutional function, and (C) be provided a stable funding base." Next, recommendations for advancing these goals are directed toward the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC), policy makers, two-year colleges, community services/continuing education professionals, and the NCCSCE. The AACJC's policy statement on "Community Services and Continuing Education" and a survey instrument soliciting strategies for policy implementation are attached. (JMC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education.