ERIC Number: ED313062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-6
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Critical Comments on the Literature Written by Presidents of Community Colleges.
Griffiths, Rosemary E.
This critical review of the speeches, journal articles, and books written by community college presidents examines themes, styles, and information sources, and attempts to define standards by which the presidents' writings could be judged. The first section indicates that community college presidents are as prolific as any other group of two-year college writers; that they write not only for their peers, but for a wide cross section of educators; and that they often continue to write about community colleges even after they have left the field. The second section describes the various types of publications in which materials written by presidents are found, ranging from community college journals, ERIC documents, and speeches to full-length books. Tracing the most frequently covered topics in presidential writings, the next section indicates that while coping with change and fiscal matters have been recurring themes, most of the literature focuses on issues of immediate concern, such as declining enrollments and collective bargaining. While acknowledging variation in the writing styles of presidents, the next section offers generalizations about their predominantly positive and uncritical tone, their lack of empirical data, and their use of jargon, technical language, and journalistic phrases. Next, a section on information sources indicates that most writings focus on the presidents' own experiences and their own colleges, relying little on outside literature. The final section assesses the presidential literature on the basis of its factuality, objectivity, relevance, and practicality; and offers general conclusions about the least and most valuable writings. (JMC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of California, Los Angeles.