ERIC Number: ED316290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership for 2000. Management Report 1989-90/1.
Roueche, John E.
Of all challenges facing open-door community colleges, none is more important than the need to renew and improve teaching quality in order to accommodate increasingly diversified student populations. Several policies have been particularly helpful to open-door institutions in improving student retention and achievement, including the following: (1) proactive pre-enrollment that includes personal contact with a faculty or administration member; (2) freshman orientation, during which a student/peer or faculty/peer relationship is established; (3) academic/personal assessment of entering freshmen; (4) reduced academic hours for working students; (5) elimination of late registration; (6) assigned faculty mentors for students; (7) more problem-solving activities in all courses; and (8) the replacement of retiring community college staff and faculty with higher quality candidates. All teaching candidates should be required to demonstrate their teaching abilities in real or simulated learning situations before any hiring decision is made. The creation of faculty and staff orientation programs is also recommended to educate new individuals about the institutional mission and values of an open-door community college. (WJT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Nontraditional Students, School Effectiveness, School Holding Power, School Orientation, School Policy, Staff Orientation, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Selection, Teacher Student Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of California Community Coll. Administrators.