ERIC Number: ED314103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-11
The Past as Prologue: Variables Influencing the Continuing Development of Community Services in America's Community Colleges.
Parsons, Michael H.
Community services and continuing education (CS/CE) has been an integral component of the mission of the comprehensive community college for over a generation. In 1968, the Kellogg Foundation funded a 3-year project designed to insure that CS/CE would achieve its rightful place in the mission of America's community colleges. A component of the Kellogg project was a series of national workshops conducted by the Leadership Program at Michigan State University. The purpose of the workshops was to promote research on the current status of CS/CE programming. One result was a 1971 study which assessed the degree to which CS/CE had diffused into community college programs of Michigan's 29 public community colleges. The findings of the study suggested that CS/CE was in a developmental stage in Michigan. Community support and publicity elements were present to a high degree, but long-range planning, integration, research/evaluation, and development were much less extensive. The study concluded that CS/CE was the outreach dimension of the community college, involving the organization and integration of the community as well as the resources of the college. CS/CE is still part of the collegiate function to the extent that it is verifiably educative and socially useful. Each college should define CS/CE with particular reference to the needs of its community and CS/CE directors must become involved in planning for development and expansion. Throughout the past two decades, the concept of community has remained central to the development of CS/CE, and the same variables have continued to influence the growth and development of both concept and program. (JMC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education (20th, Pensacola, Florida, October 11, 1989).