ERIC Number: ED313081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Scholarship: The Community College's Achilles' Heel. Virginia Community Colleges Association Occasional Paper Series, Number 1, Fall 1989.
Vaughan, George B.
Scholarship -- or, rather, the lack of it -- is a major weakness of the American community college. The most immediate problem the community colleges face in this area is that of developing a clear and meaningful definition of scholarship. Community colleges have paid little attention to scholarship for a number of reasons: (1) community colleges take pride in their commitment to effective teaching, setting off endless debates over research versus teaching; (2) two-year colleges have been unwilling to recognize and reward scholarly activities; (3) community college presidents and deans of instruction fail to emphasize and promote scholarly activities for themselves; (4) community college professionals have failed to realize that thinking in terms of the job rather than of the profession, with its inherent obligation to scholarship, results in neglect of scholarship; and (5) faculty and administrators have rarely engaged in regular and systematic approaches to the evaluation and improvement of teaching that extend beyond individual classrooms. The most obvious way to enhance scholarship in the community college setting is to include scholarship as an important part of the rewards system. In addition, each college should institute a forum devoted to scholarship, and ensure released time, summer employment and study, and other avenues for scholarly pursuits. Ultimately, presidents and deans of instruction must lead the way in establishing a climate on campus that promotes scholarship. (JMC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Community Colleges Association.