ERIC Number: ED312008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Who Cares about the Inner City? The Community College Response to Urban America. A Report of the Commission on Urban Community Colleges of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
Weidenthal, Maurice D.
Drawing from site visits to 10 community colleges located in New York (New York), Miami (Florida), Cleveland (Ohio), Jacksonville (Florida), Kansas City (Missouri), Dallas (Texas), Los Angeles (California), Denver (Colorado), Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), and Detroit (Michigan), this report traces the efforts of inner-city community colleges to provide education, training, and urban survival skills to new immigrants, high school dropouts, homeless, and socially and economically disadvantaged, as well as to large numbers of traditional students. Part 1 of the report presents a position statement by the Commission on Urban Community Colleges of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges concerning the role of urban community colleges. Part 2 offers introductory information on the purpose of the study and on the campuses that were visited. Part 3 offers brief descriptions of each college's efforts to establish partnerships with the community, build articulated and cooperative programs with schools and universities, and establish partnerships with business and industry. This section also highlights the colleges' role in the education and training of nontraditional students, in providing community services, and in serving as a home for community-based organizations and activities. In part 4, conclusions stress that: (1) the colleges' commitment to the central city in the face of extremely challenging odds appears to be firm; (2) urban community college leaders are firm in their belief that quality education is not and should not be sacrificed in the name of programs related to meeting social needs; (3) enrollment declines of the early and mid-1980's appear to have been reversed; (4) campus leadership continues to struggle with the issues of social change and higher education; and (5) there appears to be no national consensus on the multiple missions and roles of the central city campus and its special programs that reach out to the community. In conclusion, part 5 offers seven recommendations. (JMC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Role, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educationally Disadvantaged, Inner City, Minority Groups, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Location, Two Year Colleges, Urban Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.