ERIC Number: ED313058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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The Visual & Performing Arts in Florida's Community Colleges.
Andrews, Douglas M.
Developed with the purpose of conducting a statewide program review of dance, theatre, music, and plastic arts programs in Florida's community colleges, this paper provides an overview of the program review process used in the state, a review of the literature on performing and visual arts in two-year colleges, and an analysis of findings. Introductory information on the review process identifies several issues that were the focus of the evaluation, including secondary and university articulation, transfer student performance at the upper-division level, instructional facilities and equipment, advisement and counseling, and equal access/equal opportunity. After listing the steps involved in the statewide review process, the paper presents a literature review, covering the history and scope of fine and performing arts instruction at two-year colleges, fine arts and the transfer function, arts in community education and community services, vocational arts, and general education. Several conclusions drawn from the literature are highlighted, including: (1) with the exception of general education, the fine arts play a role in most institutional missions, including transfer, occupation job preparation, and community services; (2) some educators believe that many community colleges may not be properly staffed or equipped to prepare students for upper-division baccalaureate studies in the arts; and (3) many community colleges, especially in rural areas, are highly regarded as community arts centers. Finally, the paper summarizes testimony presented at site hearings and results of a survey of community colleges regarding the quality of equipment in various arts programs; the adequacy of film, video, and print collections in college libraries; the use of computers for arts programming; articulation with high schools and universities; community cultural activities; and access and opportunity. (JMC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Florida